Friday Sept 11th

Catherine, Penny1, Harry, Alix, Laura, Karl & I to Caledonian market at 10 o'clock.
Bought carbuncle & moonstone necklace 25/-2: two Staffordshire zebras 12/63, ivory fan £1, George IV constable's truncheon 6/-4, blue Bristol glass vase 3/-, pinchbeck green earrings 3/-, 8[RG] old English cupboard knobs 1/- each, Venetian glass necklace ×××× [indecipherable] & ivory papercutter for Catherine 9/-, pink bead ditt[RG] necklace for Penny 1/-, star earrings for Laura 2/-, blue Bristol bowl 2/-, 3 saucers 2/-. Lunch at pub 1/- each!
On return found Honor had been, with last chapters of The Heathen & gone away thinking us in S'hampton. Later she phoned & came & stopped night, sleeping with Laura; & coming to dinner with Kitty & Douglas West. Moonstone necklace to Honor.
Carl took Catherine to a film.

Editorial Notes

1Nicholson? KG
2shillings? (20 shillings=£1) eds.
312 shillings, sixpence eds.
46 shillings eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Caledonian Market

    London, England
  • Southampton


People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Nicholson, Catherine
    Catherine Nicholson: (1922- ) third of four children of Robert Graves and Nancy Nicholson. eds.
  • 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.
  • Harry Kemp

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)
  • Kitty West

    West, Katherine
    wife of English journalist, [Douglas West eds.]; lived in Regent Park [at 32 York Terrace eds.] where RG and LR stayed on exile from Mallorca (1936) R.P.G.; dedicatee of LR's A Trojan Ending eds.
  • Alix Kemp

    Kemp, Alix
    Married to poet Harry Kemp. The couple shared a house with Graves and Riding in Ewhurst, Surrey (1937). eds (RPG 277); also referred to as Frau Eierman by RG eds. see Diary August 30, 1936
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Douglas West

    West, Douglas
    reporter for the Daily Mail, husband of Kitty West eds.


    • Title: The Heathen
    • Author: Wyatt, Honor
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: New York
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Date: 1937