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Letter ReferenceLetters/223
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1 April 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 113
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner comments that an allegory was originally enclosed with this letter.
1To Havelock Ellis.
2Alassio, 1st April.
4If it's not utter nonsense, send it on; but don’t if it is. You can
5please put in any letters that are left out or wrong, but you mustn’t
6touch a word. I can correct in the proofs. I don’t suppose they’ll
7take it. … I saw this morning one of the most beautiful views human
8creature ever saw: through the arch of a ruined church on the hill,
9the bay beyond. Oh, the blue, blue, intense blue!