Jan 27 Wednesday.

Letter from Miss Wright asking for a job. (Korda's original no 1 secretary returning).
Laura discussed dictionary with Watt on phone.[RG]
Epilogue. Alix & Harry to lunch. Then Mary Hale's mother & Cathleen packed up Mary's things. Then shopping at Selfridge's – knives, garden things, etc for Deyá. Saw Gordon S. himself with gold pencil & top hat & dazed look.[RG]
Then sherry party at J.F.'s after buying a cand[RG] chandelier (37/6)
Amabel & Clough Williams Ellis, Ruth Batchelor-Taylor ("Mrs Simpson")1 Dick Freeman, Tanny, etc. Then Kitty (to whom a Georgian mirror for birthday present)[RG] Douglas West back to supper & Maisie: goodbye to two former.
Then packed books, silver, patchwork rugs etc in big box. All Deyá stuff ready for Cook's men tomorrow.

Editorial Notes

1Is RG referring to Mrs Wallis Simpson? eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Freeman, Dr. John
    friend of RG; married to Violet Freeman eds.
  • Korda

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

    Brown, Tanny
    a painter, ex-husband of Maisie Sommerville KG; father of Maisie's son Timothy Brown eds.
  • Miss Wright

    Wright, Miss
    Alexander Korda's secretary eds.
  • Watt, A.S.
    Owner and director of A.S. Watt & Son, Ltd., RG's literary agent.
  • Gordon S.

    Selfridge, Gordon
    (1858-1947), Selfridge's department store founder eds.
  • Clough Williams Ellis

    Williams-Ellis, Clough
    (1883 -1978), architect and landscape designer; married to (Mary) Amabel (Nassau Strachey, b. 1893/4) eds.
  • Mrs Simpson

    Simpson, Wallis
    an American divorcee who was scandalously involved with the King. eds.
  • Dick Freeman

    Freeman, Dick
    possible John and Violet Freeman's son eds.
  • 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.
  • Douglas West

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

Organizations Mentioned

  • Selfridges

    London department store eds.
  • Cook's of Cranleigh Ltd.

    moving company eds.


    • Title: Epilogue III
    • Editor: Riding, Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937