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Letter ReferenceLetters/269
Epistolary Type
Letter Date9 February 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 131-2; Rive 1987: 136
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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, 9th Feb.
4You are quite wrong about my working a few hours every day. The way in
5which my brain must work (at imaginative work) is altogether or not at
6all. My great mistake is that I read the things as soon as I have done
7them and then burn them instead of not looking at them again for a few
8months, when they would seem quite nice.