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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1b-xiv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 18 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 42; Draznin 1992: 165-6
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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. Dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) The Letters. Schreiner was resident in St Leonards at different addresses from mid October 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Sat morning
2My other self
4I have got up early & am am going to sit out by the sea. I send you a
5letter written to Mama about “Nora”, because it will help to show
6you what kind of person she is & I want you to know her.
8Get Carlyles’ Life as our first new book, & read it before I have it.
9 Of course we can share the books you are my family. What other family
10have I got
For 'Nora', see Henrik Ibsen (1882) Nora (later A Doll’s House) (trans. Henrietta Frances Lord) London: Giffith, Farran & Co. The book referred to is: James Froude (1882) Thomas Carlyle London: Longmans, Green & Co. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract appears as part of a different letter and is also incorrect in various ways.