Saturday. June 15th

Posada: cementing window frame in entrada1 and walls, putting window frame in lavabo2 room, roofing, grouting out kitchen sink place: old sink has made good window frame.
Translated Excidium Troiae into English for Laura's notes on Troy (8pp)
Checked proofs of Focus.
Cool weather, hot sun.
To sea: lugged up 1/2 a basket of stones. Then planted michaelmas daisies, spiky plants & balsomia with Sebastian.
Letter from E.M. [Eddie Marsh] sending poems by Christopher Hassall.
Worked out games for party: 8 o'clock Can Torrent - Carl & Mary.
Hors D'oeuvres: as much as one wanted: beer. Fruit salad. Dancing (Laura gave me instructions) Tasting mixed drinks: I won, on points. Prize a bottle of wine. Cards 7 1/2: Laura won, I next. Prize 2nd[RG] miniature palo3. Miniature drama worked out as we went. R. [Robert] solicitor, K. [Karl] employé, H. [Honor] niece, M. [Mary] s's wife. G. [Gordon] young writer, L. [Laura] rich widow. Love entanglements and money stolen was the plot. Then circular letters, each to[RG] one for each by everyone else.

Editorial Notes

1entrance hall. WG
2lavatory. KG
3a local liqueur. KG

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.
  • Can Torrent

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House next to Canellun also belonging to LR & RG. Built by Norman Cameron. WG

People Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Laura

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

    Phillips, Mary
    Visitor. Typed most of I, Claudius. Later married James Reeves. WG
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. WG
  • 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).
  • Sebastian

    Gardener getting on for 80. KG
  • 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.
  • Christopher Hassall

    Hassall, Christopher
    author of Devil's Dyke (1936) and biographer of Edward Marsh (1959) to which Graves contributed letters eds.
  • Robert

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. eds.


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