Jan 31 Sunday.

Woke late. F. Richards came & helped Karl & me wash up. Then after a little talk with Laura he & I had drinks together at the Barley Mow in Dorset St, & then back. James, Mary, Honor, Alan who had not come last night because of Beryl.
Then Frank said goodbye. We all to Josef. Alan back, talking of Beryl, dictionary, poems etc.
Goodbye to Alan, to James & Mary who came to supper (Honor, Maisie, Karl too).
Two drafts of a poem deriving from The Park Railings.
Miss Wright at 8.30: accounts of inner life at Denham. Her work; her coming supersession. A.K.'s overdrafts. Cuts & lay-offs & dismissals. Would like to come to us. (Laura spoke to Maisie about a possible B.B.C. job for her) A.K. unwell & harassed.
Epilogue till [until] late.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Josef

    Westminster, London, England
    restaurant on Greek St. eds
  • Denham

    usually associated with Denham Studios and Alexander Korda eds.
  • Barley Mow

    Dorset Street, Westminster, London, England
    a pub? eds.
  • Dorset Street

    Westminster, London, England
    RG and LR moved to 10, Dorset St. in November 1936 into a flat below Harry & Alix Kemp RPG 260

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Reeves, Mary
    wife of James Reeves; daughter Stella born 14 June, 1938 eds.
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alan

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

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

    Wright, Miss
    Alexander Korda's secretary eds.
  • Beryl

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds
  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936

Organizations Mentioned

  • British Broadcasting Corporation

    British Broadcasting Corporation


    • Title: Epilogue III
    • Editor: Riding, Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: The Park Railings [poem; later "Big Head." Not traced. Apparently not published. DW]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1936-11-30