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Letter ReferenceLetters/298
Epistolary Type
Letter DateAugust 1888
Address FromLondon Institution, Finsbury Circus, City, London
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.
2London Institution, Finsbury Circus, Aug.
4It will be many years before either of my books are ready, I think. My
5big scientific book will take me five or six years; my work widens and
6widens out before me, and it isn't the getting done that's beautiful,
7it’s the working and the learning more.
The two books referred to are Schreiner's 'sex book' which finally eventuated as Woman and Labour and From Man to Man.