Jan 16th Laura's birthday, Sat.

Flowers from Maisie & Honor, a small ivory box from Karl, from Honor a birthday cake, a wir[RG] cable from Tom. Laura bought a 6 gn [guinea] [RG] red coat, & I gave her a Dutch brass (15/-) box of the four senses and 2 small[RG] Dutch miniature pewter plates 2/6 each[RG] and a silver gilt necklace with silver studded (tortoiseshell?) beads 1/-. A letter from Deyá, & one from G.Gordon enthusiastic about Trojan Ending . Lunch at Josef.
To Jenny, who is much more self-possessed; plans for her next step, probably to R. Hughes at Larne[RG] Laugharne[RG] 1. Laura bought 2 silly dresses at sales (15/11 & 12/11) at Hammersmith.
Went out with L & K for a walk down Baker St, Oxford St, Edgeware Road, upper George St. Drunken harmless Welsh Rugby enthusiasts wearing red caps.
Laura finished the Letter for publication.

Editorial Notes

1Wales KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Josef

    Westminster, London, England
    restaurant on Greek St. eds
  • Hammersmith

    Hammersmith, London, England
  • Baker Street

    Westminster, London, England
  • Oxford Street

    London, England
  • Edgwear Road

    Westminster, London, England
  • George Street

    Westminster, London, England

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

    Hughes, Richard
    Richard Arthur Warren Hughes, (1900-1976), novelist and playwright, known as 'Diccon'; m. to landscape painter Frances Catharine Ruth Bazley (1905–1985) eds.
  • Tom

    Matthews, T.S.(Tom)
    American journalist. Took sabbatical from TIME and arrived in Deyá in 1930. Involved from then on with L.R. and R.G. WG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Letter on International Affairs
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Chatto & Windus
    • Publisher: London
    • BiblScope: 15-19
    • Idno: A36
    • Date: 1938