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Epistolary Type
Letter Date6 March 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 133
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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, 6th March.
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4… You will enjoy Italy. I leave this on the 1st of May for Venice. To
5live so many months shut up alone in one room is very bad for the
6brain. Then when we have spent a week or ten days at Venice I want you
7and I to go to Innsbruck and on to Switzerland. There you can go on to
8England and I turn back to Tyrol or Switzerland. … The people here
9said it was no use my going to Monte Carlo because they don't let
10people into the gaming rooms under 21! I feel as if I was 100. I
11couldn't believe they were serious!
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