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Letter ReferenceLetters/55
Epistolary Type
Letter Date2 March 1885
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 61
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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.
2Hastings, 2nd Mar.
4I have been looking at that life of Schopenhauer to-day. If I had ever
5read him, or even knew before I came to England that such a man
6existed, one would say I had copied whole ideas in the African Farm
7and From Man to Man from him. There is one passage of his on the
8search for philosophic truth that reads like a paraphrase of my
9allegory in the African Farm. There’s something so beautiful in coming
10on one's very own most inmost thoughts in another. In one way it's one
11of the greatest pleasures one has. That Life by Miss Zimmern is very
12well written. ... The women's rights women are going mad, it seems to
13me. The latest idea is to set up a women's parliament to legislate for
14women and children!