Feb 13 (1937) Saturday

Claudius F.V. Several pp [pages] but in difficulties without the film script so often promised. Wrote to Korda for it, and for the promised cheque.
Laura finds her[RG] bed uncomfortable,[RG] still in spite of removing one mattress.
I went to Lugano & hired one for 12 fr [francs] a month. Also bought an alarm clock for 15 fr. [francs] Put up the bed and took down old one.
Went into Lugano with L. & K. I bought a red purse for 2.50.[RG] Tongue sandwiches in Olympia. Laura bought a footstool in leather case 13 fr. [francs] I mended her broken jet beads with black sealing wax. Regulated my watch.
Claudius again at night.
In Lugano there are a great number of food shops, watch shops, lamp shops, knick-knack & leather shops. No antique shops, almost no china shops.
Feeling well: still have boil.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Lugano

    Lugano, Switzerland
    near the Italian border, where RG and LR spent part of 1937 eds.
  • Olympia

    Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
    café in centre of Lugano KG

People Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Laura

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

    Korda, Alexander
    Director of the film version of I Claudius.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Claudius Film Version [The Fool of Rome] [a condensed novel based on I, Claudius]
    • Author: Graves, Robert