Oct 11 Friday

Two more drafts of Historical Particulars.
Training S. [Solomon]1 to walk properly behind.
To village: got lemons (few left) & apples from Can Juni. Medora gave me persimmons. Juan brought earth from the bosque2. Planted cuttings of hydrangea & that red plant.3
And again Historical Particulars & alterations to Gulls & Such. In afternoon planted seedbed at Can Torrent. Letter from Barker, satisfactory: mentioned Penguin (6d) Books project: I said I would agree if he wanted his £100 returned, but preferred him to do it at 2/- or 2/64. Money has reached him from Germany £40-£50. Telegram to Sabater. Morley wrote including Private of Buffs5 poem: & saying that people were coming round to O.S.S. [Old Soldier Sahib] title, but Faber wanted it merely S.S. [Soldier Sahib]
Proof of Epilogue came: went over first part (the part already seen in galley)
Ordered things in village (sent in corals, sheepskin, & my silk trousers) on return found Laura tired so we played 666 & she won 76 points on 14 games.

Editorial Notes

1Graves' dog. eds
2wood of evergreen oaks. KG
3only acid soil available. KG
4'two shillings or two shillings, sixpence' eds
5? Written by Frank Richards, RG, or ? Not identified. eds
6card game. eds

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Can Torrent

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House next to Canellun also belonging to LR & RG. Built by Norman Cameron. WG
  • Ca'n Juni

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    garden terraaces belonging to Juan Gelat KG . RG also had access to the fruit there. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Morley, Frank
    With Faber and Faber. Involved with Old Soldier Sahib. WG
  • Juan

    Mas, Juan Marroig
    Usually refers to Gelat's son, sometimes to Gelat himself. WG
  • Madora

    Marroig Más, Madora
    Gelat's wife. W.G. R.G. often spells her first name "Medora," and precedes it with "the." eds.
  • Sabater

    Printer in Palma who did work for R.G. & L.R. eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Arthur Barker Ltd.

    Barker, Arthur
    The English publisher of I, Claudius and Claudius the God. WG
  • Penguin Books

    Penguin Books
    publisher eds.
  • Faber & Faber

    Publishers of Old Soldier Sahib and Old Soldiers Never Die. WG


    • 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: What Then? [poem: became Historical Particulars. June 25, 1935 R.G.]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Title: Gulls and Men [poem: formerly "Gulls and Such"; see Complete Poems, Vol. II, p. 337, and note on "Fragment of a Lost Poem", p.313. DW]
    • Title: Collected Poems (1914-1947)
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London,Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A60
    • Date: 1948
    • Title: Epilogue I: A Critical Summary
    • Editor: Riding. Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: B22
    • Date: 1935