"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date2 November 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 122
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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, 2nd Nov.
3
4In my old quarters. Slept at Genoa last night. Leaning Tower at Pisa
5splendid as seen from train. Seen nothing in architecture I like so
6much as Westminster Abbey or front of Notre Dame. It's the climate,
7the streets, the people, the general effect that is so nice in Italy.
8
9I'm writing a long dream on Socialism, called "Dreams of a City". With
10all these dreams coming I never get to any other work. Can't help it -
11they will come.
12
Notation
The ‘long dream on Socialism’ is 'The sunlight lay across my bed' and it appears in Dreams.