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The Story of an African Farm

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)

1. 00 - Preface and Glossary
2. 01 - Chapter 1, Part 1
3. 02 - Chapter 1, Part 2
4. 03 - Chapter 1, Part 3
5. 04 - Chapter 1, Part 4
6. 05 - Chapter 1, Part 5
7. 06 - Chapter 1, Part 6
8. 07 - Chapter 1, Part 7
9. 08 - Chapter 1, Part 8
10. 09 - Chapter 1, Part 9
11. 10 - Chapter 1, Part 10
12. 11 - Chapter 1, Part 11
13. 12 - Chapter 1, Part 12
14. 13 - Chapter 1, Part 13
15. 14 - Chapter 2, Part 1
16. 15 - Chapter 2, Part 2
17. 16 - Chapter 2, Part 3
18. 17 - Chapter 2, Part 4
19. 18 - Chapter 2, Part 5
20. 19 - Chapter 2, Part 6
21. 20 - Chapter 2, Part 7
22. 21 - Chapter 2, Part 8
23. 22 - Chapter 2, Part 9
24. 23 - Chapter 2, Part 10
25. 24 - Chapter 2, Part 11
26. 25 - Chapter 2, Part 12
27. 26 - Chapter 2, Part 13
28. 27 - Chapter 2, Part 14

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Summary

The novel details the lives of three characters, first as children and then as adults - Waldo, Em and Lyndall - who live on a farm in the Karoo region of South Africa. The story is set in the middle- to late Nineteenth century - the First Boer War is alluded to, but not mentioned by name. The book is semi-autobiographical: in particular, the two principal protagonists (Waldo and Lyndall) display strong similarities to Schreiner's life and philosophy. The book was first published in 1883 in London, under the pseudonym Ralph Iron. It quickly became a best-seller, despite causing some controversy over its frank portrayal of freethought, feminism, premarital sex and pregnancy out of wedlock and transvestitism.