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Letter ReferenceLetters/219
Epistolary Type
Letter Date17 March 1887
Address FromHof Gersau, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 111
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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.
2Hof Gersau, Lake Of Lucerne, 17th March.
4I've been passing through about the stiffest time of my life mentally
5and physically. … My experiences with Mrs. - were very terrible. Some
6day I shall tell you. … This is a little quiet place among the
7mountains, bitterly cold. I like it, but have asthma. To-morrow I go
8to Lugano, I think. I hope I shall somewhere again find a resting
9place. … I feel very tender and loving to you. I am now utterly alone
10in the world and I wish it so, because I only inflict suffering. I
11want two or three years of absolute solitude to work in, and when I am
12a wise old woman I shall return to the world.