Log Entries for Letters from 29 August - 30 September 1937

Letters and Phone-calls.

Sunday. Aug 29th.

To Daily Telegraph (letter)

Monday Aug 30th.

To Julie; Margaret Russell; Rennes; Watt with agreement; Mary Lucy, about crows in her field.

Tuesday, Aug 31st

To Catherine N.; Jenny about flat, refusing guarantee; to David, Catherine, Sam in answer to theirs.

Wed. Sept 1.

Phone-call with Jenny: about flat: discouraging.

Thursday Sept 2.

P.C [Postcard] to Allen about trousers.
To J.F. about insurance.

Friday. Sept 3

Sat. Sept 4.

To Allen agreeing about trousers; to W. McCormack (insurance & letter; paying Dr. Easter for Jenny & asking if there were 2 consultations); to Watt about Lawrence book (will he do what is best now Cape has turned down the lim. ed. [limited edition])

Sunday 5

Monday 6

To John Lucy: amicable but stern about no separate relation from Laura.

Tuesday 7

Wed 8

Sam; pc [postcard] to Neill (insurance): one Robt [Robert] Andrea re [regarding] a pt [point] in Claudius. C.S.Evans re [regarding] ×××× [indecipherable] Loeb: night telegram of congratulation to Marguerite: to Alix about McCormacks & visit.

Thurs. 9

To Alix with season ticket. To Jenny. To A.G. Paid Epps Thatcher1.

Friday 10

Sat 11

Sunday 12

To Nancy for her birthday.

Sunday 19

Monday 20

To A.G., to Jens Jensen.

Tuesday 21.

To Watt: enclosing letter to Scottish Provident guaranteeing that I am myself.

Thurs 23

To Midland Bank Curzon St re [regarding] Jenny's a/c [account] To Jenny. (And phone call). To Moraima of Spain (brandy).

Monday 27

To Jenny, A.G., N.N.: all about the Charles libel.

Tuesday 28.

To Evans thanking for Loebs: to Alan about Agathias2 etc.

Wed 29.

To A.G. about Charles again: to Catherine.

Thurs 30.

To Dulan & Brough: ordering books.

Editorial Notes

1homeopathic chemist KG
2Agathias of Myrina c.536-c.582, historian and writer eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Rennes

    Rennes, France
    where Gelat's daughter, Anita, and son-in-law, Juan Vives live; visited by RG and LR et al in 1938 eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Neill, Mr.
    insurance agent [with Scottish Provident Insurance Company?] eds.
  • Allen

    Allen, J.B.
    London tailor KG
  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • 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
  • Jens Jensen

    Jensen, Jens
    contributor to The World and Ourselves p.190 eds.; daughter Jensine Jensen born 11 September, 1937 eds.
  • Alan

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

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

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.
  • Evans

    Evans, C.S.
    director of Heinemann's KG
  • A.G. (A.E.S.G)

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • Charles

    Graves, Charles Patrick Ranke
    RG's brother with whom he did not get on. WG Estranged from RG in 1937 over Jenny Nicholson's crisis. See RPG p.281 CP
  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Julie

    Matthews, Julie
    Tom Matthews' wife. WG
  • Mary Lucy

    Lucy, Mary
    Visited R.G. and L.R. at Ewhurst. An admirer of both Graves and Riding, but her marital problems brought tensions to their household. See diary entry January 2, 1938 (and K.G. note).
  • Catherine

    Nicholson, Catherine
    Catherine Nicholson: (1922- ) third of four children of Robert Graves and Nancy Nicholson. 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.
  • Sam

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

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

    Lawrence, T. E.
    'Lawrence of Arabia.' Met Robert in Oxford in the early twenties. Made Robert his biographer and had him write "Lawrence and the Arabs." WG
  • John Lucy

    Lucy, John
    Estranged husband of Mary Lucy; RG and LR are drawn into their marital problems. eds.
  • Marguerite

  • Nancy

    Nicholson, Nancy
    (1899-1977) First wife of Robert Graves; married 1918, separated 1927, divorced 1949. eds.
  • Dulan

    Dealer in antique engravings, books. London? WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Scottish Provident Insurance Co.

    Scottish Provident Insurance Co.
    Life Insurance and Healthcare organization in U.K. eds.
  • Loebs Classical Library

    a series of classical texts eds.
  • A.S. Watt & Son, Ltd.

    Watt, A.S.
    RG's literary agent: first mentioned in November, 1935; team includes: Alexander Strahan Watt, and W.P. Watt et al, who may have handled different aspects of Graves' extensive European publishing and distribution. The firm replaced Eric Pinker. K.G. When did Pinker go, and why? KG
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd.

    Jonathan Cape
    London publisher of Lawrence and the Arabs, Good-Bye to All That, No Decency Left, etc. eds.
  • Moraina of Spain

    Moraina of Spain
    wineseller in Brewer's Yard, London eds.
  • Editors

    Editors of the Graves Diary Project.


    • Title: Daily Telegraph
    • PubPlace: London
    • Date: 1856-1936
    • Title: Claudius [the film: based on I, Claudius, directed by Alexander Korda, starring Charles Laughton. It was never completed.]