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Letter ReferenceLetters/581
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1919
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToAdela Villiers Smith nee Villiers
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 364
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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 Mrs. Francis Smith.
2London, late 1919.
4... I've been reading such a beautiful book, Karl Liebknecht's
5speeches during the war. It's called The Future belongs to the People.
6It's helped. What a brave great soul. If only one such soul existed
7one could not lose one's faith in human nature while one remembered
8them. I have such a wish some day to stand on the spot where he and
9Rosa Luxembourg were murdered - but I don't suppose it will ever be.
10Wonderful how that one man stood up in the Prussian Reichstag, against
11the whole power and of militarism and autocracy. His speeches remind
12me so of Jesus before the Scribes and Pharisees. Of course he had to
13die. I knew his father many years ago.