Tuesday Nov 17

Most critical day of Madrid fighting. Some of Franco's men across river, but Govt [Government] strong on flanks. All headlines starring Franco's claims at expense of Govt [Government].
O.K. sent Manchester Guardian with a/c [account] of Italians in Majorca.
Wrote to Deyá via Vives of Marsellia & Tio Pedro's cousin in Rome.
Jenny & Martha Smith to lunch. Jenny tired, has rheumatics, & depressed by an attempt at blackmail re one of the[RG] a coloured trumpeter.
Tap dancing overhead. Landlord sent a man who will complain.
Cartographer came to make two maps for Troy . Laura going over list of geographical names with Karl & me.
Photograph of Alice1 from Ward.
John had an operation to his nose. (Lucy & her sister came).

Editorial Notes

1 Laura's cat in Deyá eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Madrid

    Madrid, New Castile, Spain
    Capital city of Spain eds.
  • Majorca/ Mallorca

    Majorca, Sp
    Largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. R.G. and L.R. lived there, in Deyá, from 1929-1936. eds
  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.
  • Marseilles

    Marseilles, France
  • Rome

    Italy

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.
  • Aldridge

    Aldridge, John
    (1905-1983), painter and close friend and collaborator. WG m. to Lucie Brown 1940 eds.
  • Lucie

    Brown, Lucie
    Married artist John Aldridge. eds.
  • Ward

    Hutchinson, Ward
    Photographer. Contibuted to"Epilogue." W.G. R.G. often refers to "the Hutchinsons" (Ward & Dorothy) as a couple especially when they were staying on the island. 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.
  • Gabriel

    Vives, Gabriel
    son of the Médico, Dr. Antonio Vives. eds.
  • Tio/Don Pedro & Tia/Doña Catalina

    Pedro or Catalina
    Cousins of Gelat from Madrid; RG refers to them interchangeably as Don or Doña and Tio/a, meaning uncle or aunt eds.
  • Martha Smith

    Smith, Martha
    Korda's girl KG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Manchester Guardian
    • PubPlace: Manchester
    • Date: 1919-1995
    • Title: Advice to Storytellers [a.k.a. Devil's Advice to Storytellers]
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938