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Letter ReferenceLetters/340
Epistolary Type
Letter Date14 February 1889
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 155
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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.
2Mentone, 14th Feb.
4I often - no, I don't often, but I did just now - wonder what all my
5work would be like when it is done. It's funny how one works on
6blindly in the dark, following an instinct, never knowing what one's
7work will be like. It's really not stranger than when bees make their
8nests; it's exactly the same thing. ... I am going to dedicate my sex
9growth book to you, I think. I'll never leave off loving you.
The ‘sex growth book’ was never completed as such, but finally eventuated in Woman and Labour.