March 31 Sunday

Lovely weather still.
Sent Sanders1 back Vol I. of Moll Flanders2 ordered by mistake for missing Vol II. Also ordered Philostratus and Propertius3 in Loeb4. Wrote to Korda.
To Margarita in the morning: Laura's last two dresses of the Christmas silks arranged.
Cut off pods of stocks.
Cuttings of rough mimosa from Can Caballo. 5
Tea with Emmerich.
Unpleasant letter from Jenny about her career. All busy. Laura, Carl & I getting Focus revised & typed for Esperanza6 tomorrow. Letter also from Sergeant Townsend with photograph.
Worked until 3 a.m., Karl stopping the night.

Editorial Notes

1bookseller KG
2 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (1661?-1731). eds
3Sextus Propertius (c.50-16 BC), Roman elegiac poet. eds
4Loeb Classical Library, Harvard University Press. eds
6Printing plant KG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Can Caballo

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Schwarz' house. (Ca s'Cabalito. The house had a little bronze horse on the balustrade.) Three doors away from Canellun. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Townsend, Billy
    An associate of R.G. from WWI, in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. CP
  • Swartz

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • Frau Emmerich; "Jämmerlich"

    Emmerich, Frau
    German painter, from Magdeburg, resident in Deyá. Invariably referred to with the prefix "Frau". K.G./ WG
  • Korda

    Korda, Alexander
    Director of the film version of I Claudius.
  • Margarita Modista

    Margarita Modista
    Modista: Dress maker (in Deyá). W.G., eds.
  • Sanders

    Second hand book seller in Oxford. WG
  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Esperanza

    Sabater? ran a printing press in Palma and printed Focus.


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935