Aug 27 Tuesday.

Wire from Kilham Roberts wanting to use only [sic: on] the end part of Letter from Majorca1. We replied no, use small print if necess. [necessary] but no cutting.2
Gas came: 100 pesetas deposit necessary but the old primus was getting dangerous. Gelat brought a man to graft vines. He did it in some[RG]with tiny buds cut from a stock & tied into a cut below the earth then bound round & earthed over. Gelat discussed possibility of buying the upper bancal3 in a few days.
Did Chapter XIV of A.F.T. [Almost Forgotten Times] working till 1 p.m. (Laura at Troy again)

Editorial Notes

1for The Year's Poetry 1934. eds
2It was therefore refused by the editors, and published in Focus IV later that year.(see Wexler 51) eds
3i.e. terrace above Canellun. KG; dry stone terracing. WG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Canellun

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

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.)
  • Kilham

    Roberts, Denys Kilham
    An editor of "The Years Poetry 1934." The anthology included a poem by Graves and Riding entitled "Midsummer Duet" which replaced "Majorcan Letter" because they refused to shorten the latter. See Wexler 51. eds.


    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Almost Forgotten Germany [Almost Forgotten Times]
    • Author: Schwarz, Georg
    • Editor: Trans. Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A45
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Majorcan Letter [poem: was called "Letter from Majorca"]
    • Title: Focus
    • Author: Riding, Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • BiblScope: IV. December, pp.1-9
    • Idno: C291.2
    • Date: 1935