Dec 1. Wednesday.

Was not asleep till [until] 3 last night & was so sleepy on having to vacate L's workroom (my bedroom now) in the morning that I slept on the floor of my workroom (Mary Lucy having the bed in the dining room).
Laura has been doing the Inside People part of her letter book all this while; tonight she started her Cambridge address on Positive Capability with a temperature.
Took John's watercolour to framemaker to frame: he is retiring from the job in three years – his family has been in the trade for 76 years & not long ago there were 4 carving & gilding frame-makers in the road. Now all put out of jobs by composition frames. 'Cultural Reservations' needed for such.
5 pp [pages] Belisarius Ch [Chapter] XXII
To bed at 2 o clock

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Cambridge [University]

    Cambridge, England
    University attended by RG's son David. eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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


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