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Letter ReferenceLetters/35
Epistolary Type
Letter Date6 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 54
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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.
24, Robertson Terrace, 6th Jan.
4When I've had something to eat (I am faint now, lying on my back on
5the bed, with my feet up high and my paper against Early Law and
), I am going to sit down and try if I can dash off an article
7for the Fortnightly at one speed. If I can't I’ll leave it alone and
8go on with my darling book. Why do I love it so? ... I can see the
9ships far over the sea. I feel so happy.
The ‘darling book’ referred to could be ‘New Rush’ or From Man to Man.