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Letter ReferenceLetters/152
Epistolary Type
Letter Date17 January 1886
Address FromShanklin, Isle of Wight
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 91
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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.
2Shanklin, 17th Jan.
4You don't understand the horror I have of talking of myself and my own
5feelings, and you call that reserve. I talk much more of myself to you
6than to any other creature - more than I think of myself. ... A long
7letter on woman question from Ray Lankester which I will send you. I
8am going to try and work out the whole woman question as far as
9possible here. It is so delightful to be alone. To feel there is no
10right and no wrong - no one to make miserable.