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Epistolary Type
Letter Date24 May 1887
Address Fromc/o Madame Lafargue, Paris, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 118-9
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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.
2C/O Madame Lafargue, Paris, 24th May.
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4Paris does my asthma good. But I feel very desolate here. Paris is a
5much worse place for a woman to be alone in than London. It must be
6glorious for a man. It is not so sad as London, but all my life is
7there. I sometime think I am not going, but gone, mad. It's so
8Godforesaken everywhere. … Mrs. Lafargue is like Eleanor, not half so
9nice, but very kind, she says Lafargue is a fine fellow.
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