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Letter ReferenceLetters/324
Epistolary Type
Letter Date29 November 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 148
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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, 29th Nov.
4This house is unhealthy, the doctor says. How splendid it would be to
5have Louie with me for a week, and you. I have been ten days lying
6here, without seeing a human creature whom one could speak to really,
7unable to work, without anything to read - think, think, think. Do, do,
8 do send me something to read. If I could afford to go to one of the
9larger hotels I should soon be well. It was really the house and the
10good food that kept me well at Alassio before.