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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/486
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date2 September 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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Legend
The Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner were produced by Cronwright-Schreiner in preparing The Life and The Letters of Olive Schreiner. They appear on slips of paper in his writing, taken from letters that were then destroyed; many of these extracts have also been edited by him. They are artefacts of his editorial practices and their relationship to original Schreiner letters cannot now be gauged. They should be read with considerable caution for the reasons given. Cronwright-Schreiner has written the date and where it was sent from onto this extract.
1 …It’s very uncanny in this big house all alone, but I don’t mind
2this sort of loneliness. It’s the mental loneliness that isn’t
3good for the brain…
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Notation
Cronwright-Schreiner has written onto this extract ‘She’s glad the Midland News is publishing her article entire; the article could in this case hardly be the pamphlet on “Closer Union”’. He was wrong; Closer Union was originally published as a set of questions and answers in a newspaper and was later syndicated and then became the short book he sees as different. Schreiner's Closer Union originated as a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times on 22 December 1908 (p.9) and a number of local newspapers thereafter; it appeared as a short book in 1909.