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Epistolary Type
Letter Date19 July 1888
Address FromHarpenden, Hertfordshire
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 138
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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.
2Harpenden, 19th July.
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4I have been reading your Ibsen essay. It is nearly quite perfect. It
5is the first thing of yours I have read so absorbingly interesting I
6could not lay it down. You will develop into the first biographer of
7the age yet; you have the insight and sympathy necessary, and the
8width. ... I want to go down to that most beautiful of wild places one
9day this week or next - Woking - for the day, to look for a cottage.
10Would you be able or care to meet me there, and we might have a little
11picnic on the heather, as I and Carpenter had. It is much the nicest
12part of England I've seen.
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