Tuesday May 7

C.F.V. all morning. Laura in bed. Entrada1 whitewashed.[RG] Did not get up till 2 o'clock when Gelat came and we discussed the car question. Gelat explained expense & trouble of keeping one ourselves; said that he had had the idea himself of giving up camión2 business to Juan, now that he was no longer young, and devoting himself to work here, and having a single small car to go into Palma with occasionally, with us. He will look out for one. Went with him to see men working on road. Village.
Strenge ragging Emmerich. Letter from Oman, with dilatory reply to German question. Letter from H.S [Harrison Smith] showing 8500 sales in 3 weeks of C.G. [Claudius the God] and a bunch of cuttings including one congrat ing America on having at last a historical novel of international standard.
Gelat & Bernado came late. Gelat with sample tile (hexagonal) from Hotel Florida, bought cheap. Margaret Russell sent Jubilee souvenir.
Read Mrs. Oliphant's3 Makers of Jerusalem to Laura who was in bed.

Editorial Notes

1Entrance hall. WG
2bus. KG
3Mrs. Margaret Oliphant 1828-1897. eds

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.

People Mentioned

  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • Laura

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

    Mas, Juan Marroig
    Usually refers to Gelat's son, sometimes to Gelat himself. WG
  • Frau Emmerich; "Jämmerlich"

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

    Oman, M.P.
    Member for Oxford University. WG
  • Bernardo

    Colom, Bernardo
    Ex Cuban, previous owner of 'Son Canals', and former owner of 'Luna land' (on the other side of the road) cf. Married to a Cuban lady. Sons: Marcos (married to Gelat's daughter Magdalena) and Pancho. KG & WG
  • Margaret

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Harrison Smith and Robert Haas

    R.G.'s American publisher for I, Claudius and Claudius the God. eds.


    • Title: Claudius Film Version [The Fool of Rome] [a condensed novel based on I, Claudius]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Title: Claudius the God
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Arthur Barker
    • Idno: A43
    • Date: 1934