May 8 Saturday

To a dentist & had nerve of tooth slowly killed.
Rest of day rather miserable
Strawberries & Cream when Sch & Str came to tea.
A brandy at Olympia.
To bed soon after supper.
Trying to go over poems, but unable to concentrate. Laura particularly attentive.
Carl went for an excursion to Como & Cadenabbia to get material for Ghost.
Laura going over Schools.
Barcelona quiet again.
Zepp. [Zepplin]1 blows up.

Editorial Notes

1Hindenberg KG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Olympia

    Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
    café in centre of Lugano KG
  • Como

    Como, Italy
  • Cadenabbia

    Cadenabbia, Italy
  • Barcelona

    Catalunya, Spain
    Located on the Mediterranean coast. eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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


    • Title: Schools [an international survey of education]
    • Author: Graves, Robert; Riding, Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Title: The Swiss Ghost [formerly The Kind Ghost] [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1937-04-22
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938