July 15th, Monday.

Bartolome the Mason fixing gauze door at Canellun entrada1: he worked all day at it.
Salted green tomatoes. Mended leaky ice-chest. Wired two old plates at Posada & hung up 3. Ordered primus2 shelf again: and the flat stone arrangement in garden which is being tidied by Antonio Salas3. Miguel doing shutters.
Wrote to Harrison S. about 'Majorca home' & also about Richards' book4.
Sea: got nut-crackers for Posada from beach. (General Barcelo arrived with his noisy family.) Made coffee ice, this time weighing out kilo of salt & breaking it fine. A success.
Sent off I,C., & C the G to Miss W.5: bound copies, in hope of getting that £100 cheque
Wrote to A.B. mentioning Korda's decision.
Started poem about liquorice.6
Carl's two wires arrived at same time: "Fed up: returning Monday" & "Don't laugh staying till Friday."

Editorial Notes

1entrance hall. WG
2stove. KG
3related to Pepe Salas? eds
5Miss Warrender, founder of the Hawthornden prize, which RG heard he had won in May 1935? eds.
6see "On the Other Hand." Diary: July 16th entry. 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.
  • Canellun

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG

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.
  • Pepe

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

    One of four village carpenters. Others were Miguel Junior, Francisco and Antonio de Ca's Pintat. WG
  • Korda

    Korda, Alexander
    Director of the film version of I Claudius.
  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936
  • General Barceló

    Barceló, General
    Spent summers at Son Bauzá. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Harrison Smith and Robert Haas

    R.G.'s American publisher for I, Claudius and Claudius the God. eds.
  • Arthur Barker Ltd.

    Barker, Arthur
    The English publisher of I, Claudius and Claudius the God. WG
  • 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: I, Claudius [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Arthur Barker
    • Idno: A42
    • Date: 1934
    • Title: Old Soldier Sahib
    • Author: Richards, Frank
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, New York
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
    • Idno: A44
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Claudius the God
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Arthur Barker
    • Idno: A43
    • Date: 1934
    • Title: On the Other Hand (Licorice) [poem]
    • Author: Graves, Robert