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Epistolary Type
Letter Date22 December 1888
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 149
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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.
2Mentone, 22nd Dec.
3
4Don't speak about those Dreams to me. I'm mad enough about it, as it
5is. I wrote the last down dash in a hurry one night, and told Miss
6Müller to send it back to me in proof to re-write. Instead of that she
7prints it just as it is - perfect nonsense - and old Stead takes it
8over! She writes to say she couldn't wait for my proof. Ah, well, the
9will of the gods be done!
10
Notation
The ‘last’ dream in the Woman’s Penny Paper referred to is: "I Thought I Stood" Women's Penny Paper vol 1 no 7, 8 December 1888, p.1; "Once More I Stood" Women's Penny Paper vol 1 no 8, 15 December 1888, p1.