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Letter ReferenceLetters/266
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1 Feburary 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 131
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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.
2Alassio, 1st Feb.
4I don't need anything just now; I've no time to make the dress if I
5had the material. I’ll get lots of things when you come out. ...
6Italian is such a lovely language. They say as people get older they
7get less able to take things in. But I never in my life was able to
8take in so readily and with so much pleasure as now. You know, I'm not
9suited to living in a city. I must always live alone in the country.