June 19 Saturday.

To Denham: saw Korda.
May make Claudius next year without Laughton: complained bitterly of him & his intellectualism. It was a[RG] ×××× [indecipherable] worse with Sternberg, who did not humour him.
Contract for the Margaret Catchpole modern film, for L & me. £100 & £750 more if accepted.[RG]
Lunch with Vincent & Zoltan, & back in train with Adrian Brunal.
Chicken & strawberry supper with Alix & Harry.
Fall of[RG] Bilbao again
reported fallen
This time it
* This was the day Gelat was freed, we heard the news on the Thursday.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Bilbao

    Bilbao, Basque Province, Spain
  • Denham

    usually associated with Denham Studios and Alexander Korda eds.

People Mentioned

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • Korda

    Korda, Alexander
    Director of the film version of I Claudius.
  • M. Catchpole

    Catchpole, M.
    (1762 - 1819) female convict and midwife eds.
  • Laughton

    Laughton, Charles
    Actor. Was to play 'Claudius' in the film version of R.G.'s book, "I, Claudius".
  • von Sternberg, Josef
    Austrian filmmaker (1894-1969); involved in the unfinsihed I, Claudius film eds.
  • Vincent

    Korda, Vincent
    Alexander Korda's brother KG
  • Zoltan

    Korda, Zoltan
    Alexander Korda's brother eds.


    • Title: Claudius [the film: based on I, Claudius, directed by Alexander Korda, starring Charles Laughton. It was never completed.]