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Letter ReferenceLetters/53
Epistolary Type
Letter Date26 February 1885
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 60
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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.
2Hastings, 26th Feb.
4I have not read at all to-day, or thought about anything, but Bertie
5and Rebekah. I have such a nasty bit to revise to-morrow. I don't
6think it's interesting because I didn't enjoy writing. it. It's about
7two mean scandal-talking women, and can’t bear writing about mean
8people. I don’t dislike writing about wicked ones, it doesn't pain me
9if they're large. I have done with Rebekah's diary. I get on slowly
10though I work so much. You see I have to copy the whole book as well
11as revise. ... I don't seem to have any self, I am all lost in my work.
12.. I am going to do a little French before I go to bed.
The book referred to is From Man to Man, with Bertie and Rebekah characters in it.