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Letter ReferenceLetters/132
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date31 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 85
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Legend
When Cronwright-Schreiner prepared The Letters of Olive Schreiner, with few exceptions he then destroyed her originals. However, some people gave him copies and kept the originals or demanded the return of these; and when actual Schreiner letters can be compared with his versions, his have omissions, distortions and bowdlerisations. Where Schreiner originals have survived, these will be found in the relevant collections across the OSLO website. There is however a residue of some 587 items in The Letters for which no originals are extant. They are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to Schreiners actual letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1To Havelock Ellis.
216, Portsea Place, 31st Oct.
3
4Arnold White has been here. He's a tall, handsome man, rather stout,
5about forty. He is, I think, an aristocrat. He says Sir Charles Warren
6has read my book and liked it so. He brought me heaps more flowers
7to-day. He wants me to go to Greenwich or somewhere with him for the
8day! I've never had such a strange interview with anyone in my life.
9He says my book is like the Bible to him. You will laugh when I tell
10you all about it.
11
Notation
‘My book’ refers to The Story of An African Farm.