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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1b-xviii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 24 January 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 440
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The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. In the absence of other information, dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to the version in Cronwright-Schreiner’s (1924) The Letters. The end of the letter is missing.
2Tuesday Night
4I am sitting here at my desk. It’s about eight. I ought to get to my
5writing. I love you a little. Are either of the two sister’s in love
6with you? I don’t much like that anti-realistic article, but want till
7I pitch into you I hate Zola & that school more & more send me any of
8their novels you get in English, I will return them faithfully!!!!!
10When one reads an article like that one feels inclined to take their
11part. But Zola is a man of power almost of genius. As a person I think
12I like him. I hate the author of Anna Caranina. I have been reading
13“Father’s & Sons” again. Isn’t it a beloved book. Poetry, which alone
14is absolute truth
16[page/s missing]
The ‘article like that’ cannot be established. The books referred to are: Leo Tolstoy (1886 [1875-77] Anna Karenina New York: Thomas Crowell & Co; Ivan Turgenev (1862) Fathers and Sons London: J.M. Dent. A version of this letter is in Draznin (1992).