n English in Africa - "This morning a year ago..." : annotated extracts from Samuel Cronwright's diaries (Sept. 1921-Nov. 1923)

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



The extracts which we print and annotate below are from eight diaries formerly in the possession of the National English Literary Museum (NELM) and written by Olive Schreiner's husband, Samuel Cronwright, from 7 June 1921 to 13 May 1926. They are described in detail by Guy Butler on pages 16 and 17 of Walters and Fogg, , which itself derives almost wholly from Diary 1. As we worked our way through these diaries, it seemed a pity not to publish - for the benefit of Schreiner scholars and enthusiasts - the many references to Schreiner and Cronwright's relationship with her which are scattered through their pages. As these diaries - together with the whole Cronwright collection which Cronwright originally left with his brother in Grahamstown when the latter was Manager of the EP Guardian, Loan and Investment Company - have now been removed from NELM's care by Cronwright's grandson (presumably for sale and disposal elsewhere), the publication of these fragments is perhaps of greater importance than when this project was originally undertaken in 2007.

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