July 19th, Friday.

Bathed, 9.30 to 11, with Mary. Swam round cove. Found coral for Honor. Then Richards 1 again.
Slept a little in afternoon while Laura went over Poets with Honor; awakened by Mary getting cigarettes.
To village: got Amador with donkey cart. Packed up boat, to go to Short: great relief.
Very hot day indeed. Solomon2 destroyed Laura's fan. Carl returned from Ibiza, with golden Ibizenean ear-rings for Laura, also linen shirt,[RG]blouse, and[RG] gala fan & two black sleeves; linen towels for Mary & Honor & set of silver buttons for me, with hexagonal points.
First zinnias enough[RG] for cutting.
In evening Richards 3 again: have now done about 11,000 words. To Posada with fifth painted chair: ×××× [crossed out] put[RG] an ordinary Sheraton chair back in my bedroom.
Bed at 12 P.M.

Editorial Notes

2RG's dog. eds.
3book: see above. eds.

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.
  • Ibiza

    Balearic Islands, Sp
    One of the three larger islands in the Balearic Archipelago (with Majorca and Menorca). Popular tourist destination. eds

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding,Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Karl/Carl

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Mary

    Phillips, Mary
    Visitor. Typed most of I, Claudius. Later married James Reeves. WG
  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936
  • Short

    Short
    Shipping agent and operator of a lending library in Palma. K.G.
  • Amador

    Amador
    Gelat's right hand man. Drove the bus. WG; also Gelat's chauffeur KG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Poets [prose]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Title: Old Soldier Sahib
    • Author: Richards, Frank
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, New York
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
    • Idno: A44
    • Date: 1936