Aug 25 Wednesday

Oppressive day: shooting at target with newly-feathered arrows.
Did 7 pp [pages] of Belisarius Ch [Chapter] VI & checked Laura's preface to her poems: went over checks with her working late.
*[RG] Laura's Collected Poems now ready for publication.
In afternoon we all crowded into the car for Guildford where we had tea & bathed at St.Catherine's1 on the Wey. Weedy but not cold. A sand ×××× [indecipherable] slide on the bank. Sam & I fetched a skiff, he rowing; & David & I took it back, I rowing.
Alix's father2 apparently dying.
*[RG] Fall of Santander.
Harry had a comic-angry letter from Italy about the D.T. letter3

Editorial Notes

1St. Catherine's Hill, Guildford eds.
2in Germany KG
3see enclosure, 11 August, 1937 eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Guildford

    Guildford, Surrey, England
  • Santander

    Santander, Spain
  • Wey River

    Guildford, Surrey, England

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
  • 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.
  • Sam

    Graves, Samuel
    R.G.'s youngest child by Nancy Nicholson. C.P.& WG


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21
    • Title: Daily Telegraph
    • PubPlace: London
    • Date: 1856-1936
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A35
    • Date: 1938