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Letter ReferenceLetters/492
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date20 November 1910
Address FromPortlock, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToAdela Villiers Smith nee Villiers
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 296
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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. Francis Smith.
2Portlock, Graaff Reinet, 20th Nov.
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4... Have you read Gilbert Murray's translations of Euripides' plays?
5They are so splendid. They are a revelation and I believe must bring
6one very close to the Greek original. A friend has just sent me his
7Hippolytus. Nothing of Shakespeare comes within a thousand miles of
8touching me as Euripides does. It is his outlook on life, that fierce,
9restrained questioning of the mystery of existence, and also his deep
10understanding of woman's position that touches one so.
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