Oct 17 Thursday

Put new paper in vellum notebook.
Sent bull-advertisement (Belmonte) to Sala (where pictures greatly appreciated) & took wire to village telling Beck to get on with things. Médico approached Gelat through Juan Moli's wife & Juan Vives suggesting an arreglo1. Gelat replied he did not propose to talk to Médico, but his offer held to give the people water who had a right to it if they told what hours they wanted. Black & white wing feather of hoopoe: gift of Juan Vives.
Got down blankets & other winter things from attic. Letter from David giving sensible reasons for wanting to go to Cambridge: Oxford depressed him. Replied O.K. Application from A.A.Simpson ×××× [crossed out] "Poems publishable?": replied discouragingly. Decent letter from Michael Roberts: replied. And from Arnie Lawrence: thanking for information about books: replied suggesting Mynotz Hagen2 Began long letter of protest to Left Review.
In evening we worked out 663 to exhaustion point. Laura got a 'Tailor'4 & Karl is owed 6 pes [pesetas] 60centimos in presents.

Editorial Notes

1arrangement. KG
2Col. Richard Meinertzhagen, O.C. Field Intelligence Section of Allenby's Middle East Army[?] According to K.G., he was "a T.E.L[awrence]-like character." For T.E. Lawrence film? KG/eds.
3card game. KG
4equivalent of a 'birdie' in golf. KG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Concordia

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Salón Concordia. Gelat's café. Variously refered to as the Sala or the Salón. The village youths had shares in it. It was later called the Salón Deportivo. WG

People Mentioned

  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Juan

    Vives, Juan
    The Doctor's brother. Married to Gelat's daughter. Lived in Rennes, France. WG
  • Médico

    Vives, Antonio Dr.
    The village doctor (Deyá). At odds with Gelat (water rights controversy). His brother, Juan Vives, was Gelat's son-in-law. WG
  • 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
  • Young Belmonte

    "young Belmonte," related to Juan Belmonte the bullfighter, either son: Juanito, or younger brother: Manuel. eds.
  • Juan of Molí

    Mayol, Juan
    Owner of the Es Molí farmhouse. Involved in a local water rights controversy with the Señor of Sa Pedrissa, the Médico and others. R.G. records the on-going confict in his diary over a span of several months in 1935. KG & eds.
  • David

    Graves, David
    R.G.'s second child [by Nancy Nicholson]. W.G. In RAF; killed in the war. The only one of Graves' children who might have become a poet had he lived. K.G., eds.
  • A. A. Simpson

    Simpson, A.A.
    ? WG
  • Arnie

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

Organizations Mentioned

  • Beck

    Firm that printed Epilogue and other Seizin Press books distributed by Constable. WG


    • Title: Left Review, The
    • Editor: Writers' International
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: F. Cass
    • Date: 1934-1938