Jan 23 Sunday.

Did housework in morning
Belisarius complete to ch [chapter] 11 inclusive – Laura takes 2 ¼ hours to correct, I 4 hours to adopt her corrections for each chapter.
Lunch with Alix & Harry – good.
Karl brought presents: 10 silver lustre buttons for Laura and a blue glass toilet bottle and for me a watch-case to stand on my table – it fitted L's watch not mine.
Supper to Maisie's – Tanny Brown too – in his flat now rearranged. Maisie gave Laura a large Elizabethan stage-ring – silver-glass backed with ruby foil. A row: Laura spoke sharply about the way M. treated her 'talk' about poetry, M. was hurt. ×××× [indecipherable] [RG] Solace1 came out with us to lunch & supper.

Editorial Notes

1Graves' cat eds.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • 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.
  • Tanny Brown

    Brown, Tanny
    a painter, ex-husband of Maisie Sommerville KG; father of Maisie's son Timothy Brown eds.


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