Friday Dec 11th

Going over Lawrence typescript.
Had to write 3 letters in all to Nancy and 1 phone call: re Jenny's treatment at Bath or elsewhere.
Harry Kemp came from Germany.
Parcel of special Christmas food from ×××× [indecipherable] Switzerland.
Supp[RG] Dinner: Henry & Rebecca, Maisie, Alan, L and I. Afterwards to Maisie's and heard the King [RG] 'Prince Edward' broadcast his message in an angry, tragic, vulgar voice.
Allowed Mary 2 cigarettes, but no real desire to smoke myself.
Bought Laura puzzlebox for 2/6.
Karl changed his flat to 7 Dorset St.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Bath

    England
    city south of London eds.
  • Dorset Street

    Westminster, London, England
    RG and LR moved to 10, Dorset St. in November 1936 into a flat below Harry & Alix Kemp RPG 260

People Mentioned

  • Jenny

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

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

    Nicholson, Nancy
    (1899-1977) First wife of Robert Graves; married 1918, separated 1927, divorced 1949. eds.
  • Maisie

    Sommerville, Maisie
    Head of BBC Education broadcasting department. Friend of R.G. and L.R. Arranged accomodation for them when they returned to London as exiles. W.G., eds.
  • King

    King Edward VIII
    Became the Duke of Windsor after he abdicated the throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson. eds.
  • Alan

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

    Hale, Mary
    Welsh maid at Nottingham Place, sister Violet eds.; later, maid for RG and LR at Dorset St. "Laura pinched [her] from Kitty West" eds. KG
  • Harry Kemp

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)
  • Henry Andrews

    Andrews, Henry Maxwell
    a banker, husband of Rebecca West KG
  • Rebecca West

    West, Rebecca
    (1892-1983) Met RG and LR in London, October 1936. RPG 257.; son with H.G. Wells, Anthony "Panther" West; later married to banker Henry Maxwell Andrews KG;
  • 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.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: T.E. Lawrence to His Biographer
    • Author: Lawrence, T.E.
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: New York
    • Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.
    • Idno: A49
    • Date: 1938