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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/3
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: October 1914 ; Before End: July 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToJohn Hodgson
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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. Schreiner was resident at Kensington Palace Mansions from October 1914 to July 1915.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
7Dear Mr Hodgson
9I hope you didn’t think I was unsympathetic about the poems; but I
10would as soon think as soon think of any one trying to improve
11Shakespear or Shelley as the Bard of D---. The poems seem to me too
12beautiful & perfect for words. Are you even sure that your alterations
13bring them nearer the originals? When a thing has been beautifully &
14well done, it seems to me always best to leave it alone, as the person
15made it.
17I did enjoy the play so much. I think in these depressing times one
18wants all one can get to stop one from thinking for a little time.
19Even fox hunting – if only there were no fox – would be heavenly!
21Yours ever
22Olive Schreiner
This letter is written on printed headed notepaper. The 'Bard of D' reference is: Hélène Vacarescu (1891) The Bard of the Dimbovitza Roumanian Folk-Songs: Collected from the Peasants London: J. R. Osgood McIlvaine and Co.