Thursday May 12 June 13[RG]

Two more drafts of Moments in Never. Tore up A Foreign Land; no good.
Posada: men now working downstairs also. Planned guillotine window for kitchen.
In afternoon to Cala [RG] with Pepe to plan roof for boat house: bathed; a few stones brought up.
Telegram from H.S. [Harrison Smith] about announcing Fool of Rome1 for November. Replied, agree. No letters
To Margarita's with Laura (her Julie dress) & to approve Pepe's ancient sink for Posada. Gelat came: we decided to tell Pepe that no more work until water settled: to force masons, workmen[RG] carpenters etc to anger with Médico. Did so.
In village, Emmerich's nephew-in-law & his silent friend.
Blackberries turning: two nectarines, eaten by Laura.
Slept with sheet only.

Editorial Notes

1Previously referred to by RG as the "C.F.V.," this was the condensed version of RG's novel, I,Claudius, which was to accompany the projected film version. See R.P. Graves 224, 232-33, 280. eds

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.
  • Cala

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Deyá's fishing cove. This is the cove near Canellun that RG refers to as "the Cala" in his diary. Eds/ WG

People Mentioned

  • 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.)
  • Médico

    Vives, Antonio Dr.
    The village doctor (Deyá). At odds with Gelat (water rights controversy). His brother, Juan Vives, was Gelat's son-in-law. WG
  • Pepe

    Salas, José
    Master builder. Built Canellun. Pepe is a diminutive of José. WG
  • Julie

    Matthews, Julie
    Tom Matthews' wife. WG
  • Margarita Modista

    Margarita Modista
    Modista: Dress maker (in Deyá). W.G., eds.
  • Frau Emmerich; "Jämmerlich"

    Emmerich, Frau
    German painter, from Magdeburg, resident in Deyá. Invariably referred to with the prefix "Frau". K.G./ 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: Moments in Never [poem; later Proofs of Royalty; published as Fragment of a Lost Poem]
    • Title: Robert Graves: Complete Poems Vol. II
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Editor: Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward
    • PubPlace: Manchester
    • Publisher: Carcanet Press
    • BiblScope: pp. 86, 313 (note).
    • Date: 1995-1999
    • Title: A Foreign Land [poem: unpublished; see diary June 13, 1935]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Fool of Rome, The [Claudius Film Version]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Title: I, Claudius [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Arthur Barker
    • Idno: A42
    • Date: 1934