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Letter ReferenceLetters/57
Epistolary Type
Letter Date4 March 1885
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 62
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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, 4th Mar.
4I am going to finish off my scandal-talking women to-day. Somehow I
5can't bear them. I wish there were only noble people in the world,
6intense if wicked. But there are so many of these others. ... I am
7getting more and more to hate the world, dress, and material cares and
8pleasures. I used to wish I could feel like this; now that I do I find
9it has its drawbacks! I am entering Nirvana when you are a little
10waking out of it.
The 'scandal-talking women' are in From Man to Man.