March 23 Tuesday.

Sunny day. Going over poems still, rewriting.
A walk to Gentillino. Windflowers, primroses, white violets, & the[RG] white crocus,[RG] first buttercup I have seen for years. I had a beer in a small inn up there with copper pans – pewter measures.
On the way wrote Victory on a piece of paper I found in a hedge: two more drafts.
To Lugano – 18 fr [francs] for invisible mending of my jacket. Laura bought me a mug 1.80 francs for my pencils; 12 table mats 80 centimes each.[RG]
Supper at Gambrinus – hors d'ouvres, goulash. On the way back mentally rearranged Canellun.
To Emmi's at 8.30. They were drinking wine & quarrelling over a red leather purse they were making.
Read Leonard Merrick's Conrad in search of his Youth 1.

Editorial Notes

1 Conrad in Search of His Youth by Leonard Merrick. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1900. eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • London

    England
  • Lugano

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

    Lugano, Switzerland
  • Gambrinus

    Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
    restaurant eds.
  • Canellun

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • Leonard Merrick

    Merrick, Leonard
    British author (1864-1939) eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Victory [poem] [Presumably "Defeat of the Rebels". (Check drafts in Buffalo for this title.) DW]
    • Title: Collected Poems (1938)
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd.
    • Date: 1938-11