Saturday, Nov 7th

Boil a bit troublesome as a result of last night's walk.
Laura to Bow Street for Alien registration; Karl to Oxford to stay with Allen 1 for a night; I to Dorland Hall Book Exhibition & then to Constable to suggest better S.Z.P. display. (Brandy & soda with Kyllmann at a pub)
*[RG] Catherine for her half term. Went with her to Dodsworth 2 film, then to supper at España in Wardour St. Sad Catalan: " Moros a la costa – no al Capital." 3 Italian fascist at next table. Then to Kermesse Héroique 4. French but good (Confessor, dwarf, duke, Burgomaster [sic: Burgomester] 5's wife) & Pavlova in a historical survey of her dances.
Jenny gave me a silver brooch made of minute dials of watches, & to L an engagement book.

Editorial Notes

2 "Dodsworth" (1936) directed by William Wyler eds.
3? The expression is Moros en la Costa, which refers to the Barbary pirates. It came to mean "beware, someone is watching." The reference by the Catalan may be to the Moorish Regulars in the Nationalist (Franco's) army. "No, el Capital" means nothing unless it is referring to money as in capital. "No, a la capital" would mean "to the capital city." Either way, the meaning is not clear. WG
4 " La Kermesse Heroique " or, "Carnival in Flanders" (1935) directed by Jacques Feyder eds.
5mayor eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Bow Street

    Westminster, London, England
    location of police station where LR undertook her "alien registration" KG, eds.
  • Oxford

    England
    home of Oxford University eds.
  • Oriel college

    Oxford University, Oxford, England
    where Allen Hodge resided eds.
  • Dorlan Hall

    London, UK

People Mentioned

  • Kyllmann

    Kyllmann, O.K.
    of Constable's RG; also referred to as O.K. eds
  • 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.
  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Catherine

    Nicholson, Catherine
    Catherine Nicholson: (1922- ) third of four children of Robert Graves and Nancy Nicholson. eds.
  • Franco

    Franco, General
    Spanish General; led the Nationalist forces against the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War; Spanish Head of State from 1939-1969.
  • Pavlova

    Pavlova, Anna
    Russian ballerina (1881-1931) eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Constable & Co., Ltd.

    Constable
    Constable Publishers. Arranged with them to print and distribute Seizin Press Epilogue and books. WG
  • Seizin Press

    Founded when Robert Graves and Laura Riding began their partnership in London. R.G. and L.R. continued to operate their own press in Deyá, but stopped printing in 1935. Seizin Press published a number of literary works in conjunction with Constable in London, including the Epilogue series, and other works by Laura Riding and their literary associates. eds