Wed Dec 23

Bought more marbles at 2d each and Bantu combined spoon and knife in wooden sheath 1/6. This had a B.M. [British Museum] case no [number] (196) on it. Also a horn whistle. 3/-. Dorothy & Ward gave me handkerchiefs and a round ribbed mahogany box-let. Sam & Catherine's photographs.
To Jenny: she behaved very well and is ever so much nicer when than when[BG]1 I come alone.
Last minute shopping. Less crush in shops than yesterday. Post is behindhand.
Harry & Alix to Irish stew. These nights we seem to work regularly from 10.30 to 2.30.
Proofs: nearly ending.
Carl did Heathen sketch cover.

Editorial Notes

1KG claims "than when" is correct eds.

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: typewritten
    • Character: schooled
    • Ink: black

People Mentioned

  • Jenny

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

    Hutchinson, Ward
    Photographer. Contibuted to"Epilogue." W.G. R.G. often refers to "the Hutchinsons" (Ward & Dorothy) as a couple especially when they were staying on the island. eds.
  • Dorothy

    Hutchinson, Dorothy
    Ward Hutchinson's wife. WG
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sam

    Graves, Samuel
    R.G.'s youngest child by Nancy Nicholson. C.P.& WG
  • Catherine

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


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