Ap 29 Thursday.

On the San Salvatore mountain violets, small periwinkle, vetch: yellow- & red, red & blue, yellow & white. Swallow-tail, high brown, Camberwell beauty, sulphur [sic: sulpher] butterflies. Brought back a bunch of blossom a sort of wild apple but with pointed petals and a mole – I must have killed it by mistake on the path on the way up – brought home on a long Spanish-chestnut leaf. It had a grass in its mouth.
Finished draft of Ch. [Chapter] 2. Ghosts[RG] .
Checked some of Laura's poems.
Walk to Lugano in the evening, avoided a cinema, ices & a grenadine at Gambrinus.
Auden sent proposed encomium for Laura's poems, requested by Random House. Laura replied to him.

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.
  • Gambrinus

    Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
    restaurant eds.
  • Mount San Salvatore

    Pazzallo, Lugano, Switzerland

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Auden, W.H.
    British poet (1907-1973). R.G. disliked. eds
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Random House

    American publishers (New York) eds.