Nov 9 Tuesday

Cold & sunny.
7 pp [pages] Belisarius ch. [chapter] XIX and a walk to[RG] round the fields with Alan, & alone from Cranleigh after having bought up stocks of cigarettes & type-paper specially kept for us.
El rubio ha hablado con L y llorado porque tomaba muy pesamente lo que ha dicho ella: pero daba derecho a ella. ×××× [indecipherable] Decia que la senora habia dicto[RG] contado <<chismes>> del queso.1
Estoy muy bien de salud yo.2
Laura very tired: wearing the 1860 cotton dress from Deyá & pearl pendant, working on Letter book & helping Harry.
Watt [RG] Cassell's[RG] agree to Belisarius being 140,000 – 40,000 words longer than contracted for. They prefer Count Belisarius as a title

Editorial Notes

1 "The blond haired chap talked to Laura, and wept because he took it to heart what she had said to him: but said that she was right. he said that she had made fun about the cheese." KG
2 "I'm very well" KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Cranleigh

    Cranleigh, Surrey, England
    town closest to Ewhurst KG
  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

Organizations Mentioned

  • 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
  • Cassell and Company Ltd.

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


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21
    • Title: Letter Book [became The World and Ourselves]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura