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Letter DateOctober 1919
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 362
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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, Oct.
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4My dear old Havelock, I've been so unfit, dear, writing hasn't been
5possible. I can't breathe at all. I think my heart is getting larger
6and larger and the lungs are pressing more on it. ... Have you read
7Dillon's new book, The Peace Conference? It's most interesting. I
8don't agree with him about economic matters, nor about the "inferior"
9races that have to spend their existence labouring for the "superior"
10races. But on the whole it seems to me he tries to get at the root of
11things. Do read it. ... I hope this weather is not trying you too much.
12 To me it seems more like Hell than anything I ever dreamed of, but I
13suppose it's because I'm worse. Good-bye. So my prophecy about Italy
14seems to be coming true that she would be the next one of the nations
15to bring about a revolution! Vernon Lee wouldn't hear about it - there
16were hardly any Socialists in Italy, she said. But America and Russia
17are the two points at which the world's history is going to be settled.
18 ... I think the English Review is so very good. The poetry and
19stories are worthless, but the political articles are first-rate.
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