"Heart dying up last 5 or 6 years, 'Soul of a People' like rain falling on dry parched soil" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceLetters/336
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1 February 1889
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 153
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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.
2Mentone, 1st Feb.
4Havelock, I am so well and happy I can't understand it. It feels as if
5I don't mind anything; not anything anyone could say or do. I suppose
6it's my work makes me so happy. You know there's one little line in my
7Prelude, not in what you saw, that I love so. When you read it you
8must guess which it is. If you don't find out I shan't ever love you
9because it is the most beautiful thing I ever saw. It surprised me so
10when I saw it. It's a tiny thing. ... I wanted so much to get into the
11Endell Hospital, but they don't answer me.
The 'Prelude' is to From Man to Man.