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Epistolary Type
Letter Date5 August 1888
Address FromChertsey, Surrey
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 139
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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.
2Chertsey, Near Woking Station, 5th Aug.
3
4I'm going to try to want to work. It's so lovely to make stories and
5so hideous to write them. ... You ought not to have put that unkind
6sentence about Miss - . You ought to change it if not too late. We
7mustn't hurt other people. Life is such awful agony.
8