Dec 14 Tuesday

14 pp [pages] Belisarius last ch [chapter].
With Laura to lunch with Marguerite (late) 10/-1 taxi to Winchmore Hill2, trams & things back.
Worked very late & then read O'Conroy's book about Japan3.
Harry & Alix to supper (prepared for John & Lucie who had a 'slight car accident')
Maisie explained about the broadcast.
* Nankin has fallen.4
Govt [Government] offensive at Teruel, Franco's advertized one not having come off.

Editorial Notes

110 shillings eds.
2Enfield eds.
3 The Menace of Japan by Taid O'Conroy. London: Hurst & Blackett, 1933. eds.
4Imperial Japanese troops occupied the Chinese capital of Nanking, committing widespread atrocities.( eds.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

    Brown, Lucie
    Married artist John Aldridge. eds.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Marguerite

  • Franco

    Franco, General
    Spanish General; led the Nationalist forces against the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War; Spanish Head of State from 1939-1969.


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21