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Letter ReferenceLetters/314
Epistolary Type
Letter DateOctober 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 144
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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.
2Alassio, Oct.
4All goes splendidly with me. I am working hard and very happy. Nothing
5but work makes life beautiful
. I am staying at a cheap little
6out-of-the-way Italian hotel. No English here!! And the servants can't
7even talk French. There's a big neglected garden where I can walk
8about and write. It's much nicer than the other semi-civilised end of
9Alassio. We are quite wild here.