Jan 4 Monday. Sam's birthday

(German intervention in Spain getting more sinister. Talk of European war's imminence.) Feeling a bit better.
Charles' extraordinary truculent phone-call & Peggy's sympathetic one. Nancy, who came up with Sam to aurist, told him off. Later he rang me up. I gave him a chance to apologise which he did not take so I rang off.
Laura went to Dr. Wright's and with Nancy to Belleville, bringing Jenny's Follow the Sun bean1.
Read a little of Alan's novel2.
Sam stayed the night, Nancy at Betty Colquhour's.
Dr. Wright's phone-call to N.N., Laura & Maisie also present: to say that Dr. Green-Armitage would take charge.

Editorial Notes

1see December 31, 1936 eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Belleville

    London, England
    a private nursing home where Jenny Nicholson convalesced in late 1936/ early 1937 RPG 264

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

    Sommerville, Maisie
    Head of BBC Education broadcasting department. Friend of R.G. and L.R. Arranged accomodation for them when they returned to London as exiles. W.G., eds.
  • Peggy Graves

    Graves, Peggy
    Married to Charles Graves, R.G.'s brother. Both provided support to Robert's daughter Jenny while she was performing in London. (RPG 249, 265) eds.
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Sam

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

    Graves, Charles Patrick Ranke
    RG's brother with whom he did not get on. WG Estranged from RG in 1937 over Jenny Nicholson's crisis. See RPG p.281 CP
  • Nancy

    Nicholson, Nancy
    (1899-1977) First wife of Robert Graves; married 1918, separated 1927, divorced 1949. eds.
  • Dr. Wright

    Wright, Dr.
    Jenny Graves' doctor at Belleville eds.
  • Betty Culquohon

    identity uncertain: also misspelled by RG as "Culquhoun," "Culquohon," or "Culquorhour" eds.
  • Green-Armitage

    Green-Armytage, Dr.
    Jenny Nicholson's doctor at Belleville hospital eds.


    • Title: Year of Damage [novel]
    • Author: Hodge, Alan
    • Date: 1936-12