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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/a
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 August 1886
Address FromThe Convent, Harrow, London
Address ToMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 103
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 The Convent
2 Harrow
3 Aug 5 / 86
4
5 My dear E.C.
6
7 So many people are wanting copies of of your paper on Simplification
8of Life. Couldn't you publish it in separate pamphlet form. I think it
9would be rather a good thing if at some time soon you could gather
10your papers together & publish them in news a small vol=
11including the 'Interest" paper. I hope whenever you publish anything
12fresh you will at once let me know.
13
14 I have been reading Whitman of late with much more enjoyment than ever
15before. I find he's not so good as you are when one is ill & wants
16help & strength, one needs to be strong & in overflowing health really
17to enjoy him. I wonder whether you find it so.
18
19 I'm so glad to hear you saw Mrs Walters, but its only after knowing
20her for years that the beauty of her character becomes clear.
21
22 O. Schreiner
23
Notation
For Carpenter's 'simplification of life' ideas, see Edward Carpenter (1905) The Simplification of Life: From the Writings of Edward Carpenter London: A. Treherne & Co. The Whitman which Schreiner was reading is: Walt Whitman (1855) Leaves of Grass New York: Brooklyn. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in various respects.