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Dramatis Personae

The ‘Dramatis Personae’ provides biographical and other information about all the people to whom Olive Schreiner wrote letters, and also concerning a large number of the people her letters mention as well. Where appropriate and possible, references to the South African and the Oxford dictionaries of national biography and also other relevant publications have been provided.

Just click on the letters of the alphabet below to see the information. In addition, clicking on the live links on people’s names in Olive Schreiner’s letters will also take you straight to this information.

Key: recipient icon signifies the person is a recipient (and mentioned) | mentioned icon signifies the person is only mentioned


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icon Walters, Mrs E MMrs E.M. Walters, sometimes referred to in Schreiner’s letters as Minnie, was a close friend o...
icon Weakley, MrsMary Weakley and her husband George Robert Weakley lived in Colesberg and employed Olive Schreiner a...
icon Weakley, MrGeorge Robert Weakley and his wife Mary Weakley lived in Colesberg and employed Olive Schreiner as g...
icon Weaklys (The)Refers to George Robert Weakley and
icon Webb, Beatrice(Martha) Beatrice Webb nee Potter (1858 - 1943) was a pioneering British social and economic reforme...
icon Webbs (The)See Beatrice Webb
icon Weldon, MaudHoward Hinton married and had two children with Maud Weldon, when he was already married to Mary Ell...
icon Whitby, CharlesDr Charles Whitby was a second cousin of Olive Schreiner’s. From Schreiner’s mentions of...
icon White, MaudMaud White nee Cameron was a mutual friend of Olive Schreiner and Mary Sauer.
icon Wilde, OscarOscar Fingal OÂ’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 - 1900) was a famous Irish playwright, poet and writer. H...
icon Willard, FrancesFrances Elizabeth Willard (1839 - 1898) was a prominent American-born suffragist and social activist...
icon Wilson, DrDr Wilson (personal name unknown) was Schreiner’s doctor while she lived in Hanover during the...
icon Wilson, MrsMrs Wilson (personal name unknown) was the wife of Dr Wilson, Schreiner’s doctor in Hanover. F...
icon Wilson, CharlotteCharlotte Mary Wilson (nee Martin) (1854 - 1944) was a feminist and anarchist friend of Schreiner...