n English in Africa - Olive Schreiner : Her Reinterment on Buffelskop, Paul Walters and Jeremy Fogg (Eds.) : book review

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Edited by Guy Butler and N. W. Visser, and published for the first time in 1983 to commemorate the centenary of the publication of Olive Schreiner's , these excerpts from the diaries of Olive Schreiner's husband, Samuel Cronwright, entitled , were republished in 2005 to mark the 150th anniversary of Schreiner's death. The selection covers the brief, but momentous, days between 7 and 15 June 1921, when Cronwright travelled from Cape Town, where Olive had been buried in the Maitland cemetery on 12 December 1920, to Cradock to prepare for her reinterment on Buffelskop, a hill near Cradock on the top of which the two of them had stood shortly after their marriage in February 1894, and on which they had decided that they should be buried together. The collection includes Cronwright's diary entries for the period 8 - 29 August, during which time Olive's body was exhumed from the Maitland cemetery, and she, together with their baby, who had lived for only one day, and one of her favourite dogs, Nita, who had been killed in an accident, was transported by train to Cradock. All three were buried in a sarcophagus on the peak of Buffelskop on 13 August 1921.

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