Feb 14 Sunday.

Woke up chilled. Walked to Gentillino on the hill: shops open there though Sunday.
L going over Harry's stuff.
In afternoon to Campione, with Schw, Str, K, L, across the lake bridge[RG] by car, back by steamer. Italian flags, blackshirts, aggressiveness.
Went into the Casino restaurant: had to leave because Pippa1 was a dog.
Monument commemorating sanctions.
Then tea at Buri's at Lugano. Headache. Slept.

Editorial Notes

1 Strenge's terrier KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Lugano

    Lugano, Switzerland
    near the Italian border, where RG and LR spent part of 1937 eds.
  • Hotel Belle Rive-Ziebert

    Lugano, Switzerland
    Hotel in Lugano; Graves often calls "Ziebert" eds.
  • Gentillino

    Lugano, Switzerland
  • Campione

    on Caderabbia [Cadenabbia eds.] island -- an Italian enclave KG
  • Buri's

    Lugano, Switzerland
    café or restaurant eds.

People Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Laura

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

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG


    • Title: Claudius Film Version [The Fool of Rome] [a condensed novel based on I, Claudius]
    • Author: Graves, Robert