Aug 9th Friday

Put up fixture for Carl's mosquito net.
Hair cut.
Richards' answers to questions on Chs 2,3 & 4 came. Worked up one passage. A. Lawrence sent letter acknowledging cheque from hospital at Bovington [sic: Bovingdon] Camp. Margaret Russell had not after all left: I wrote telling her it was all right about the money.
Wrote to Richards.
Took down coat of arms1 for fear of misinterpretation.
Worked until 2 incorporating Richards' answers in text, ready for Carl to type. Laura wrote to James, about Humour Music2 etc, & about Schools, which she then read to me; also rewrote James's blurb.
Sebastian upset that tomatoes are unbottled & going to waste.
Thermometer is at 36° Cent in the shade.

Editorial Notes

1From over fireplace: gilt carved–wood Royal arms, salvaged by Gelat from town–hall in 1931, after change to republic. Robert [Graves] used to say he bought it for 5 pts. KG
2"Humour Music" as single title has not been identified, but Riding and James Reeves did collaborate on a piece entitled "Humour and Poetry as Related Themes" which was published in Epilogue III. eds.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • 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
  • Laura

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

    Gardener getting on for 80. KG
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Arnie

    Lawrence, A.W. (Arnie)
    T.E. Lawrence's brother and executor. WG
  • Margaret

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. WG


    • Title: Epilogue III
    • Editor: Riding, Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Schools [an international survey of education]
    • Author: Graves, Robert; Riding, Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura