Olive Schreiner: From Man to Man

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  • Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck, University of London)

From Man to Man remained incomplete at Schreiner’s death and was published only posthumously. Its critical reception remained lukewarm through much of the twentieth century, with critics frequently negative about its flawed realism, the plot seemingly marred by long sections which meditate on social and political issues. The book has, nevertheless, had its defenders, increasing in number in recent years, who argue that From Man to Man contains some of Schreiner’s most assured and subtle novelistic work. The book was conceived and begun when Schreiner was a young woman, working as a governess in South Africa. There is some evidence to suggest that she may have submitted a completed manuscript when she moved to England …

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Burdett, Carolyn. "From Man to Man". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 December 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=9047, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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