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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-TFisherUnwin/7
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 January 1888
Address FromGrand Hotel, Alassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToT. Fisher Unwin
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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.
1^Grand Hotel^
2Alassio
3Italy
4Jan 19 / 88
5
6My dear Mr Unwin,
7
8Having travelled up to the house of the Greek Consul, & travelled down
9again the volume you sent me has at last reached me. Thank you very
10very, much for it. It’s exceedingly satisfactory in its get up also.
11
12I have a great favour to ask of you. I know how busy you are & that
13every moment is precious, but it would be a very great favour to me if
14you would allow me to to see the reviews the book gets. I believe
15publishers generally collect the reviews of books they ^publish,^
16don’t they? They should be carefully returned. My reason for asking
17this is that I live so out of the world that I never see anything, &
18am exceedingly anxious to know what reception many of the views in the
19book, on social questions, will meet with at the hands of the common
20public.
21
22I have read most of the articles before, & no writer has ever so
23stimulated me, except perhaps Emerson! I am somewhat curious to know
24whether this work will have the same effect on other minds.
25
26You shall hear from me as soon as my novel is done. I am quite lost in
27it at present, know nothing else in heaven & earth. It is reather mean
28to expect payment for what gives one so much delight in producing, but
29one does, you know! I am going to Austrian Tyrol in the summer & hope
30to finish off my work there.
31
32Please remember me to Mr Norman if writing to him I follow his steps
33with interest through the P.M.G.
34
35Thanks very much for the book.
36
37Yours faithfully
38Olive Schreiner
39
40^I haven’t time to think about the Dream book now, I’m too much
41absorbed in my novel^
42
Notation
The reviews Schreiner asks to see are of the Unwin edition of The Story of An African Farm. The novel Schreiner refers to being 'lost in' is From Man to Man, on which she was working when in Alassio in 1888.