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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/53
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 November 1915
Address FromMaer Lake, Bude, Cornwall
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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed at Maer Lake in the last part of November 1915.
1Dear Mr Hodgson
3I find the air here doesn’t suit me, so shall be coming up to London
4next week. I havent quite decided where to go, but a letter addressed
5c/o Standard Bank
610 Clements Lane
7Lombard Street
9will always find me.
11I hope my last note didn’t seem to you very unfriendly. I wrote it
12when I was very ill. I don’t believe in criticizing your friends works;
13 I know how I should scorn any ^ones^ criticism of my book. Its just the
14same as criticizing another man’s eyes or nose; they are what they are
15& his, not yours. Also, I don’t believe in prefaces written by other
16people If a books good, it doesn’t need praise; if bad praise won’t
17save it.
19See how disagreeable I am
21Yours ever
22Olive Schreiner