June 28 Monday

First draft of a poem: no title yet.
Laura in the morning: has had an operation without anaesthetic. Offer from Cassell for Belisarius & Lives of Wives.[RG]
Brought me: "Still she wanted Company" by Margaret Irwin1. Unconvincing 18th century.
Alix came with cheese2: & fruit from Laura.
Then Sir Almroth Wright3: with J.F. – Anti-feminisms
An awful row: frightened him.
Then Alan, soothing.[RG]
Then Dr. Kande, who sat & talked for an hour.

Editorial Notes

1Margaret Hardinge Irwin (1858-1940) women's labour activist? eds.
2 Gervais KG
3Sir Almroth Edward Wright (1861-1947), medical scientist eds.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

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

    Kande, Dr.
    Physician at St. Mary's Hospital? eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Cassell and Company Ltd.

    Publishers of Robert Graves' Collected Poems [1938], and the novel Count Belisarius [1938].


    • Title: Lives of Wives [prose]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd.
    • Idno: A39
    • Date: 1939
    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21