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Epistolary Type
Letter Date18 December 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 125
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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, 18th Dec.
3
4Am working hard. Never come back to myself sometimes for a couple of
5days and that is the only way in which work can be done. From Man to Man
6will be quite different from any other book that ever was written,
7whether good or bad I can't say. I never think; the story leads me,
8not I it, and I guess it's more likely to make an end of me than I am
9ever to make an end of it!
10