July 2 Friday.

Two more drafts of Florist Rose.
Laura with news that O.K. is agreeable to us taking on those books with Cassell.
Flowers from Margaret.
Karl with talk about his researches into Mrs Heine.
A.G., with Clarissa for a moment, & paper bag presents of oatcake, salt butter, bananas, tomatoes, a Christening (German) silver spoon of mine, & two gold rings – my old eagle ring, & a signet ring of my paternal grandfather mitre & initials C.L. (Charles Limerick1) on a garnet. Afraid a male Graves will be born to Philip & Kitty which will demote David from his heir-presumptivity of the family.

Editorial Notes

1i.e. Bishop of Limerick KG

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • Mrs Heine

    Heine, Mrs [Heinrich J.]
    Crecence Eugénie "Mathilde" Mirat, an illiterate salesgirl married to german-Jewish poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) eds.
  • Kyllmann

    Kyllmann, O.K.
    of Constable's RG; also referred to as O.K. eds
  • Margaret

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. 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.
  • Clarissa

    Graves, Clarissa, Janie
    R.G.'s sister who was in charge of children's broadcasting in Palestine. R.G. and she were estranged from 1932 until the fall of 1936. See RPG p 273 CP
  • C.L.

    Limerick, Charles
    (1812-1899) RG's paternal grandfather; Lord Bishop of Limerick, F.R.S., LL.D. Was also a prominent Irish antiquarian and a pioneer in deciphering ancient Ogham inscriptions (see - http://www.shee-eire.com/Magic&Mythology/Ogham/Bethluinnin/ogam.htm). eds.
  • Philip

    Graves, Philip
    R.G.'s half brother. WG
  • Kitty Palmor Graves

    Palmor, Kitty
    Married to Philip Graves, R.G.'s half-brother. eds
  • David

    Graves, David
    R.G.'s second child [by Nancy Nicholson]. W.G. In RAF; killed in the war. The only one of Graves' children who might have become a poet had he lived. K.G., eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Cassell and Company Ltd.

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


    • Title: Florist Rose, The [poem]
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938