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Letter ReferenceLetters/155
Epistolary Type
Letter Date31 January 1886
Address FromShanklin, Isle of Wight
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 92
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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, 31st Jan.
4Yes, I have developed faster than ever in my life before, except that
5year at Dordrecht. Perhaps that is why I feel such horror at the
6thought of giving out. If only I could live quiet for two or three
7years, till I am thirty-three, and know I could have money to live on!
8One can't grow so much and keep on reproducing. Every day, every hour,
9I have new thoughts and combinations rushing in on me. I want to
10absorb, not to give out.