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Letter ReferenceLetters/226
Epistolary Type
Letter Date16 April 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 114
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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. Crowright-Schreiner comments that Olive Schreiner’s allegory ‘In A Far-Off World’ was enclosed with the letter.
1To Havelock Ellis.
2Alassio, 16th April.
4Excuse first draft. I made two new allegories last night after I was
5in bed. This I made about three o’clock. I’ve been for a walk to that
6lovely ruined church at Santa Croce, so lonely there. Now I’ve come
7back and just writing these out before I forget them. I love this one,
8I wouldn’t change a word of it for the devil. You mustn’t say it’s not
9nice! … I’ve got the climbing allegory right now. It’s lovely, but
10I’ve not written it out.
‘In A Far-Off World’ was published in Dreams.