Jan 8 Friday.

Nancy had flu. So left job to me.
Early to Belleville: to effect discharge. 'Grateful though unreasonable'.
Dr. Green-Armytage could not have been nicer.
Took J. to 2 Beaumont St.
Mary sick again. Laura sent her off. Honor volunteered to help. Stopped night after cooking supper. Visit of 'Mrs Richard Hughes'.[RG]
Katherine Vandevelde came. She & Laura talked over a 'woman' scenario1. She told me that after my scenario of Claudius
  • a) Biro had stewed a month making it cinemalizable.
  • b) Von Sternberg had wanted to make his own version.
  • c) June Head having made 1/2 a Biro translation was now making a v.S translation.
  • d) Zuckmayer is called in again.

Editorial Notes

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Belleville

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

    Westminster, London, England

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.
  • 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).
  • Mary

    Hale, Mary
    Welsh maid at Nottingham Place, sister Violet eds.; later, maid for RG and LR at Dorset St. "Laura pinched [her] from Kitty West" eds. KG
  • Nancy

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

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

    Hughes, Richard
    Richard Arthur Warren Hughes, (1900-1976), novelist and playwright, known as 'Diccon'; m. to landscape painter Frances Catharine Ruth Bazley (1905–1985) eds.
  • Catherine Vandervelde

    Vandervelde, Catherine
    one of Korda's scriptwriters; friend of RG and LR, met at Denham studios; contributor to World and Ourselves; married Norman Cameron in September, 1938. eds. Diary, and Friedmann 302
  • Biro

    Biró, Lajos
    (1883-1948) a journalist and political secretary in Budapest, Biró wrote screenplays for Alexander Korda, including the ill-fated Claudius script eds.
  • von Sternberg, Josef
    Austrian filmmaker (1894-1969); involved in the unfinsihed I, Claudius film eds.
  • June Heard

    Head, June
    script translator on Korda's Claudius RG
  • Zuckmayer

    Zuckmayer, Carl
    German writer KG


    • Title: The World and Ourselves [former title: Letter Book]
    • Author: Riding, Laura [contributor; with Sally Graves, Sir Edward Marsh et al]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Chatto & Windus
    • Date: 1938-11
    • Title: Claudius [the film: based on I, Claudius, directed by Alexander Korda, starring Charles Laughton. It was never completed.]