Feb 26 Sunday

Still slightly fluish: taking aconite-pills every now & then.
×××× [indecipherable] More time with Laura on Left Heresy proofs.
Started writing letter-preface to Bottrall's poems1.
Letters in answer to suggestion for a friendship protocol2 are coming in: a surprisingly petty-bourgeois one from James, good ones from Harry & George Buchanan.
We had a talk at supper about names. Beryl was with Lucie & Mrs McCormack a Brown, Dorothy a Smith, Alan a Baker, Honor a Jones, Montague a Saunders. Laura called herself a Bailey & me a Gallagher, though I preferred White. She said Schuyler was a White.

Editorial Notes

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Dorothy

    Simmons, Dorothy
    Sculptor associated with the Graves-Riding inner circle (1938-39). Married to Montague Simmons. eds
  • Laura

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

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

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds
  • Schuyler Jackson

    Jackson, Schuyler
    American poet who became Laura Riding's second husband. Graves and Riding stayed with Jackson, his wife Katharine ("Kit"), and his family on their farm in Pennsylvania in 1939. It was here that the partnership between R.G. and L.R. came to an end. eds
  • Bottrall

    Bottrall, Ronald
    poet KG; married to Margaret Bottrall, writer and editor eds.
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • 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)
  • George Buchanan

    Buchanan, George
    drama critic KG; friend of RG and contributor to the World and Ourselves; wife Mary eds. Friedmann 307-8
  • Lucie

    Brown, Lucie
    Married artist John Aldridge. eds.
  • McCormacks

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.
  • Montague Simmonds

    Simmons, Montague
    poet, and civil servant in the children's branch of the Home Office; m. to Dorothy Simmons, the sculptress RPG

Bibliography

    • Title: Protocol Two [unpublished, see RPG 295]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1939
    • Title: The Left Heresy in Literature and Life [the essay "Politics and Poetry" comprises the closing section of this book.(RPG 278) eds.]
    • Author: Kemp, Harry/ Riding, Laura/ others
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Methuen
    • Idno: B29
    • Date: 1939
    • Title: Letter [Prefatory Introduction]
    • Title: Turning Path, The [poetry by Ronald Bottrall; dedicated to LR; prefatory letter by RG]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: A. Barker
    • BiblScope: xi-xii
    • Idno: B29.1
    • Date: 1939-02-25