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Letter ReferenceLetters/487
Epistolary Type
Letter Date6 August 1910
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAnna Purcell nee Cambier Faure
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 294
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner comments in parenthesis that this letter concerns Gilbert Murray's translation of Euripides’ Iphigenia.
1To Mrs. Anna Purcell.
2De Aar, 6th Aug.
4How strange it is that, after two thousand years, one should be able
5to lie on one's bed amid the wind and dust of De Aar and thrill at the
6touch of the thoughts that were in that Greek's head so long, long
7since passed away and turned to dust.