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Letter ReferenceLetters/225
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date15 April 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 114
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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.
2Alassio, 15th April.
3
4I am working hard. Do you think “Towser the Dog” is good enough for
5Donkin’s Hospital Magazine. Don’t go saying Yes, if you think it isn’t.
6 I think it’s not. I’ll send him a little allegory called “In a Far
7Star” if you think it’s not. … You tell me so little about yourself,
8horrible old cat, and you aren’t writing a big novel! One day I shall
9get really well, and then, God, what a lot of work I’ll do!
10
Notation
‘Towser the Dog’ appeared posthumously in Stories, Dreams and Allegories, while ‘In a Far Star’, as ‘In A Far-Off World’, was published in Dreams.