Aug 30. Friday.

A.F.T. [Almost Forgotten Times] Chapter XVII. Then to sea, abstractedly bathed, thinking about Lawrence material.1 On return wrote to Liddell Hart suggesting joint book of materia historica: but haven't sent it off yet — wait for L [Laura]'s ideas. Laura having struggle again with Troy — couldn't find Tauric scene for Iphigencia in map. Letter from H.S. [Harrison Smith] agreeing to Richards terms if book2 up to sample.
Picked remaining blackberries red and black, red won't ripen now. Cut off sprays & picked over in house helped in the end by Isabel, Josepha & their mother, who had been crying at talk of war that would take her sons. Laura reassured her.
Gelat had been to Aulis — I mean Alcudia — to fetch beans: tried for a lobster but could not — but got Inca biscuits. Karl doing Orchestra sign. 3
Boiled up blackberries & sieved [sic: seived] them with the rolling-sieve [sic: seive] which I found out how to clamp steady. A good many seeds got in, but not to signify.

Editorial Notes

1i.e. his letters? eds
3bandstand surround. KG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Alcudia

    Alcudia, Majorca, Sp
    Town on the north of the island famous for its lobsters. WG

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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Isabella

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

    Lawrence, T. E.
    'Lawrence of Arabia.' Met Robert in Oxford in the early twenties. Made Robert his biographer and had him write "Lawrence and the Arabs." WG
  • Liddell Hart

    Liddell Hart, Capt. Basil
    War-fare expert and friend of T.E. Lawrence. Collaborated with RG on a book of T.E.L'.s letters, published in 1938. See RPG p.231. WG & Eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Harrison Smith and Robert Haas

    R.G.'s American publisher for I, Claudius and Claudius the God. eds.


    • 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: 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