Sunday May 12

C.V.F. and Laura's proofs.
Done 2/3rds now. Thunder & rain but only a shower. Hippopotome [sic: Hippotame]1 came. Letter from Honor that she will definitely arrive 22nd; & bring boat etc. Letter from E.M. [Eddie Marsh] saying that have won Hawthornden prize. If I can't come can cancel ceremony. Replied, couldn't.
Wrote thanking A.B. [Arthur Barker]
Shawls2 hung up.
Wrote to H.S. [Harrison Smith] to prepare him about Haw. Prize: asked him to forward letter to Baltimore Evening Sun who accused me of anachronism.
Climbing roses & Love-in-the-mist

Editorial Notes

1engraving; an early depiction of a Hippopotamus. It is still in [Canellun] with prints of various other animals drawn by hearsay. WG
2 Len Lye's batiks. WG

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • 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).
  • Len

    Lye, Len
    New Zealand painter, sculptor, and filmmaker whom LR & RG had met in London. He helped with the Seizin Press publications. WG; married to Jane Lye, son Bix. eds.
  • Edward Marsh

    Marsh, Edward
    Influential civil servant and friend of R.G.'s and many others from WW I, also Georgian poets and artists. W.G. & C.P.
  • A.B.


    Barker, Arthur
    Owner and director of Arthur Barker Ltd., the English publisher of I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Arthurby was L.R.'s nickname for him.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Harrison Smith and Robert Haas

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

    A literary prize awarded to R.G. for "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God." (RPG 224; diary May 12, 1935). Oldest of the famous British literary prizes, founded by Alice Warrender in 1919. eds.


    • Title: Claudius Film Version [The Fool of Rome] [a condensed novel based on I, Claudius]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Title: Baltimore Evening Sun
    • PubPlace: Baltimore, MD
    • Date: 1935