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Letter ReferenceLetters/321
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Epistolary Type
Letter DateNovember 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 147
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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 Mrs. J. H. Philpot.
2Alassio (about same time).
3
4When I've finished this book and the next, I'm going to sit on the
5seashore day after day and play with the sand and do nothing else.
6
Notation
‘This book’ refers to From Man to Man while ‘the next’ cannot be firmly identified because Schreiner had a number of writing plans at this time.