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Letter ReferenceLetters/576
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToAdela Villiers Smith nee Villiers
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 358
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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. The year of this letter is implied by its place in the sequence of Cronwright-Schreiner letters.
1To Mrs. Francis Smith.
29, Porchester Place.
4... Would you, some time, tell me something: when you read that little
5"Prelude" to my book I showed you the other day, did you think it was
6a made up thing, like an allegory, or did you think it was real about
? Please tell me, because if I haven't made it clear, I must. I
8thought it was quite clear, but the only other person to whom I've
9shown it didn't understand.
The ‘Prelude’ is to From Man to Man.