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Letter ReferenceLetters/190
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date19 August 1886
Address FromHarrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 103
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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.
2Harrow, 19th Aug.
3
4Olive Schreiner can't write a sensational story, can't she! I've
5written a devil of a fine sensational story. Whether when it’s quite
6done I'll think so well of it remains to be seen. I want you to read
7it, and tell me which you think is best, it is New Rush.
8
Notation
The ‘sensational story’ referred to ‘New Rush’ seems to have existed as a complete manuscript. However, only a short early section now called 'Diamond Fields' is extant; see English in Africa? 1974, 1, 1, pp.1-28.