Ap 13th Saturday

Went with Gelat down to the place where the road is being mended. Estimate 5000 pesetas as the cost of the repairs. To carry the road to the sea will be worth 2500 more. Very little water in the Torrent.
Rosa came, brought my blue trousers and waistcoat, but too small. Gelat made Rosa cry, as Laura had already done. ×××× [crossed out] Rosa did not know of the Cura's lies and machinations. She may be able to end the matter without scandal: the cura has already forfeited his right to six months occupation of the house, by demanding money for leaving and his bluff with the Bishop has been called.
Wrote out my will.
Stocks over with, wild gladiolus beginning.
Cuttings have all died except aloes and black-centred geranium.
Bath. Gamage folding boats 1/2 the price of German ones.
Letter from R.Welsh saying that amount of Tait Black award is £116.4.5, which is being paid into my bank. Sent receipt.
Laura Karl & I planned Homilies for press.
Focus final proofs.
Laura says I am looking much better since I have taken daily walk with Solomon; Karl says I look young again, before I looked an old man. I am certainly in good condition. Have done no real work for 3 weeks.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Gamage

    London, England
    London department store. KG Large toy shop. WG
  • Torrent

    Deyá, Mallorca, Spain
    river that cuts through the valley below Graves' house, Canelluñ eds.

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.
  • Rosa

    Dress maker. Also made cushions, seat covers, etc. WG
  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • Cura

    Jordi, Don
    Don Jordi, the Priest. WG
  • Welsh

    Welsh, R.
    To do with James Tait Black Memorial prize. Solicitor? WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize

    James Tait Black Memorial Prize
    A major literary award, granted to R.G. for "I, Claudius" in 1935. The cash prize was in the amount of £116.4.5 (RPG 224; diary, Mar. and April 1935). eds.


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Homiletic Studies [Introduction; Stealing; Laziness; Enthusiasm; Anger]
    • Title: Epilogue II, 1936
    • Author: Riding, Laura; Graves, Robert; et al
    • Editor: Riding, Laura and Graves, Robert [Assistant Editor]
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • BiblScope: pp. 63-90
    • Idno: B24
    • Date: 1936-07