MAY 1939

Graves' diary ends abruptly at the end of the first week of May. In this first week, he finishes the poem "Remembrance," drafted in April, and notes that Schuyler Jackson has agreed to help with the Dictionary. He also writes that Riding seems unhappier, and that she has lost weight and is running a temperature. There is more talk about a "Friendship Protocol," but on Saturday, 6 May, Graves writes: "At this point the diary seems graveyard; so I stop it."
There is one enclosure this month: a draft of a poem by Graves: "The Moon Ends in Nightmare."

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Robert

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. 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
  • Laura

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

Organizations Mentioned

  • Editors

    Editors of the Graves Diary Project.


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Protocol Two [unpublished, see RPG 295]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1939
    • Title: Moon Ends in Nightmare, The [poem: draft enclosed: see diary May 6, 1939. eds.]
    • Title: Robert Graves: Complete Poems Vol. III
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Editor: Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward
    • PubPlace: Manchester
    • Publisher: Carcanet Press
    • BiblScope: pp. 347, 528 (note)
    • Date: 1995-1999