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Letter ReferenceSCCSTheLetters/Stead/5
Epistolary Type
Letter DateFebruary 1894
Address FromMiddelburg, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 213
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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. There is a small group of separate typescripts of SCCS-edited letters to W.T. Stead, which appear in The Letters but for which no originals are extant. Schreiner letters to Stead where originals survive will be found in relevant collections; the SCCS extracts are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to the original letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1Middelburg (Cape), Feb.
2To W. T. Stead.
4Neither on the subject of Christianity nor of sex have I gone from the
5standpoint of An African Farm, as people will understand if ever I
6publish one of my larger books.
'One of her larger books' refers at this point in time to the 'sex book' and 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa' as well as From Man to Man. Cronwright-Schreiner places this snippet from a letter in the 1894 sequence.