Sat. Nov 28th

Finished Belfrage rewriting: wrote letter to Bockenshouw (Holland) to protest against the ascription to me of Golden Falcon1
Jenny to lunch: talk of clothes as index of character. Laura going over translation2 with Norman.
Wrote more of Refugee story.
Laura, Karl & I went to 'Rembrandt'3 at Leicester Square Theatre. The sets were wretched compared with Kermesse Heroique4, the subsidiary actors rotten, Laughton acted Laughton, but Elsa Lanchester was very good.
A news-interview with one 'Rhodes or Rose' who had been in Spain and deserted the militia, escaping as a British refugee when he saw that Madrid was bound to fall.

Editorial Notes

1 Golden Falcon by Robert P. Tristram Coffin. New York: Macmillan, 1929. eds.
2of Rimbaud KG
3a film directed by Alexander Korda, 1936 eds.
4see note November 7, 1936 eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Madrid

    Madrid, New Castile, Spain
    Capital city of Spain eds.
  • Leicester Square

    London, England

People Mentioned

  • Norman Cameron

    Cameron, Norman
    Poet. Built Can Torrent in 1932-1933. W.G.; m. to Elfriede, then to Catherine Vandervelde; friend and contributor to LR and RG's work eds.
  • 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.
  • Korda

    Korda, Alexander
    Director of the film version of I Claudius.
  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Rimbaud

    Rimbaud, Arthur
    French poet (1854-1891) whose work Norman Cameron translated with LR eds.
  • Laughton

    Laughton, Charles
    Actor. Was to play 'Claudius' in the film version of R.G.'s book, "I, Claudius".
  • Elsa Lanchester

    Lanchester, Elsa
    Actress. Was co-star with Charles Laughton in Korda's film "Rembrandt". R.G. watched them rehearse a scene on the set. Diary entry: August 13, 1936. eds


    • Title: Refugee Scenario [working title of a screenplay for Korda]
    • Author: Graves Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1936-11