July 31 Wednesday.

Up at 7.30. Wedding of Francisca the Modista1 and Juan Gelat's nephew. At new café: nice atmosphere. Bride wore hat: innovation. Magdalena joking. Visit to changed Viña Vieja.[RG] In morning more work on Richards2. Girls cooked up blackberries with sugar only leaving me to pour out. 5 lb pots & about 16 tiny pots. Success. ex-mustard. Sea: left wristwatch there. Went over Epilogue blurb with Laura & made lemonade-ice. Nice letter from Michael Roberts. Laura cabled would[RG] he could come if he liked. Put paper in jelly-jars. Went over James Reeves blurb with Laura. Catalina came (owed 24pts.) & had ice, also Isabel, her mother, Josepha & Catalina's boy who also got 1 pes.3
Then worked with Laura at Epilogue blurb & she did Progress of Stories blurb & I went over it, and then there was a statement to make about Seizin Press Publishing in the Constable list & we nearly fell asleep working out a point,[RG] & I went over the proofs of James Reeves' poems & we nearly fell asleep working out a point[RG] in one of the blurbs & then it was 3.30 a.m. again.

Editorial Notes

1Dressmaker. KG
3peseta. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Viña Vieja

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Name of group of houses behind the Fábrica, of which Can Gelat was one. When the Glovers were staying in the house they were called the "Viñas". WG
  • Bar Las Palmeras [the "New Café"]

    Deyá, Majorca, Spain
    Located opposite Can Pep Moso, and just up the street from the Sala. The only purpose built cafés in Deyá were Las Palmeras and the Sala. 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.)
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • Catalina

    Domestic help. Called in for white-washing, etc. WG
  • Isabella

    Live-in maid from Murcia. Her mother (Carmen) then came over with Josefa who also came to work later. WG
  • Josepha

    Maid from mainland. In the text R.G. spells it the English way: Josepha. W.G. She is a daughter of the Murcians Antonio and Carmen; sister of Isabel. eds.
  • 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
  • Michael Roberts

    Roberts, Michael
    Editor; real name William Edward KG; L.R. & R.G. submitted poems for an anthology he was preparing, published by ? Faber & Faber. WG
  • Magdalena Marroig

    Marroig Más, Magdalena
    Gelat's daughter. Later married Marcos Colom. WG
  • Francisca

    Modista, Francisca
    One of the dress-makers. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Seizin Press

    Founded when Robert Graves and Laura Riding began their partnership in London. R.G. and L.R. continued to operate their own press in Deyá, but stopped printing in 1935. Seizin Press published a number of literary works in conjunction with Constable in London, including the Epilogue series, and other works by Laura Riding and their literary associates. eds
  • Constable & Co., Ltd.

    Constable Publishers. Arranged with them to print and distribute Seizin Press Epilogue and books. WG


    • Title: Progress of Stories
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Epilogue I: A Critical Summary
    • Editor: Riding. Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: B22
    • Date: 1935
    • 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