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Letter ReferenceLetters/568
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date2 July 1915
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 352
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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.
2London, 2nd July.
3
4If I could get and work I should be so glad to live; but if I can't do
5anything, wouldn't it be better one had an escape? I'm striving so
6hard to write my little thing on war and peace. It's all complete in
7my mind, but it's sitting up to revise it is so hard.
8
Notation
The ‘little thing on war and peace’ is the never completed ‘The Dawn of Civilization’.