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Letter ReferenceLetters/526
Epistolary Type
Letter Date10 March 1914
Address FromPalace Hotel, Lungarno Guicciardini, Florence, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 331
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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.
2Florence, 10th Mar.
4I am now at the Palace Hotel, Lungarno Guicciadimi. I've got a little
5room on the very top floor with two windows facing south and west, a
6long view, so I think I'll get better. I have been more ill than I
7have ever been since I left South Africa, but I'll soon get better now.
8 I have sun and air. I think you'd like this hotel, it's old-fashioned
9and second class, but very comfortable. Do try and get a room here if
10you come. It'll make all the difference if we are at the same place. ..
11. The treatment ought to cure; it's unpleasant enough and dear enough!
12There seems reason in his system; but the cure may kill the cow before
13she's cured! After the Riviera, Florence is so ugly; all places are.
14When God dreamed a dream of beauty he dreamed the Riviera.