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Letter ReferenceLetters/189
Epistolary Type
Letter Date16 August 1886
Address FromHarrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 103
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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.
2Harrow, 16th Aug.
4"What did Goethe's Faust sell himself for?" What is the one thing
5which we, any of us, the peculiar children of this age, would be
6willing to sell ourselves for? ... It is the glory of Goethe's Faust
7that it alone embodies the cry of its age, the cry which no other age
8has heard, yet which is the moving power in Whitman and in all the
9deepest inspiration of our age: "We will not only know all things, we
10will be all things."