Nov 30 Tuesday

Mary Lucy came from Ireland at 6.30. I got her breakfast & went to sleep again.
To Caledonian market. Bought 2 pair long golden curtains with pelmets for Maisie £2.15/-1. Set of Woodstock/steel large buttons for Laura's black evening velvet 30/-2. Ribbons (28 yards) 3/4d3. pair of frames (for Alice & Nicholas4) 3d the pair. 2 savory plates (Casaubon) 1/-. Staffordshire mug 2/6. A mug with 'John' on, 9d. 2 amber beads, 2d. Pair nail scissors 4d. 2 large pearl coat buttons 2d. 6 blue tea-plates 1/9d.[RG] For Alan; Spode blue & white tea service 6/- and large platter, 9d.
Went with Mary Lucy and chose ×××× [indecipherable] frames for Adler's painting & a better one for John's watercolour than the one we got in Lugano.
Put up chandlerie[RG] chandelier in Laura's room, framed the pictures, cut baize (left over from Alan's) to go under Spanish chest×××× [indecipherable].
Phoned Morley about Lawrence book. And Nancy about Catherine & a poodle puppy.
9 pp [pages] Belisarius ch [chapter] XXII.

Editorial Notes

12 pounds, 15 shillings eds.
230 shillings eds.
33 shillings, fourpence eds.
4[a portrait of] the Deyá cats KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Caledonian Market

    London, England
  • Lugano

    Lugano, Switzerland
    near the Italian border, where RG and LR spent part of 1937 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
  • Maisie

    Sommerville, Maisie
    Head of BBC Education broadcasting department. Friend of R.G. and L.R. Arranged accomodation for them when they returned to London as exiles. W.G., eds.
  • Nancy

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

    Adler, Yankel
    (1895-1949) a Polish refugee painter KG; supported and promoted socially by RG and LR eds.
  • Catherine

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

    Aldridge, John
    (1905-1983), painter and close friend and collaborator. WG m. to Lucie Brown 1940 eds.
  • Frank

    Morley, Frank
    With Faber and Faber. Involved with Old Soldier Sahib. WG


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21
    • Title: T.E. Lawrence to His Biographer
    • Author: Lawrence, T.E.
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: New York
    • Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.
    • Idno: A49
    • Date: 1938