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Letter ReferenceLetters/297
Epistolary Type
Letter DateAugust 1888
Address FromHarpenden, Hertfordshire
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 140
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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 Mrs. J. H. Philpot.
2Harpenden, Aug.
4A little allegory is coming out in next month's Woman’s World. It’s
5not a good one, yet I love it almost best of all. I think I showed it
6you once. I only publish it because a friend wishes it. I make
7allegories every day almost, but I never want to publish them; they
8seem to me things that are for one self, and one self only, like one’s
9deepest personal feelings.
For the 'little allegory', see: "I Thought I Stood" Women's Penny Paper vol 1 no 7, 8 December 1888, p.1; "Once More I Stood" Women's Penny Paper vol 1 no 8, 15 December 1888, p1.