Log Entries of Letters for June, 1938


June 1

A.G. about cottage; Anita; Short; Vyvyan Richards. Barker for money.


F. Rodd1. Bank with cheques. Snaith Bookseller[RG](Library Review). Barker again.


N.N. with cheque. Nancy by Sam. Duckworth (Horder); Flower (about Coll.Poems)


O.K. about Swiss Ghost; Morison (about historical novels ×××× [RG]); Ethel; CN.




Cheques to Bank


A.G. ; Bank with Cheque; Ethel about chairs; brooch to Catherine Vandervelde; cheques to Barber. Ethel about Karl.



Bank with cheque. Carter (Vancouver) thanking for coin2. David.


Eliot about Curzon story3, W.P.Watt with photo, Roz, ××××.


Tom. Schwartz. Heath about List contract.


June 20

David. Sam. Sam's school4.


Henry Tiarks5 about Len.


Offner with cheque.


Church. Dawnay.


Sir E. Holderness about Karl.



Watt about[RG] with proofs.


Nancy, Dawnay, Eliot, Morley, Bank with cheque.


Wink (Dutch translation)

Editorial Notes

1Francis James Rennell Rodd? second Baron Rennell (1895-1978), merchant banker and geographer eds.
2see Diary entry 12 June, 1938 eds.
3i.e. Lord Curzon & the Lancers; see also June 18, 1936 eds.
4St. Christopher's, Letchworth eds.
5Henry Frederic Tiarks? (1900-1995), merchant banker eds.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • Len

    Lye, Len
    New Zealand painter, sculptor, and filmmaker whom LR & RG had met in London. He helped with the Seizin Press publications. WG; married to Jane Lye, son Bix. eds.
  • Dr. Barber

    Barber, Dr.
    RG and family's doctor; treated Jenny Nicholson in 1937 eds.
  • Sam

    Graves, Samuel
    R.G.'s youngest child by Nancy Nicholson. C.P.& WG
  • 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.
  • Nancy

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

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

    Herdman, Ethel
    James Reeves' sister RPG; Assistant warden of Ashbourne Hall, Manchester University KG; nicknamed "Ether" by RG and LR, Sept 1937 eds.
  • Desmond Flower

    Flower, Desmond
    associated with Cassell publishers KG
  • Anita

    Ana, Anita
    Marroig. Gelat's daughter, married to Juan Vives the Doctor's brother. Live in Rennes, France. WG
  • Eliot

    L.R. & R.G.'s solicitor in London. WG
  • A.G. (A.E.S.G)

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • Bridget

    London milliner, with Aage Tharup's KG
  • Richard Church

    Church, Richard
    Sir Richard Thomas Church, (1893-1972), British poet and writer eds.
  • Catherine Vandervelde

    Vandervelde, Catherine
    one of Korda's scriptwriters; friend of RG and LR, met at Denham studios; contributor to World and Ourselves; married Norman Cameron in September, 1938. eds. Diary, and Friedmann 302
  • David

    Graves, David
    R.G.'s second child [by Nancy Nicholson]. W.G. In RAF; killed in the war. The only one of Graves' children who might have become a poet had he lived. K.G., eds.
  • Ros

    Cooper, Rosaleen Dr.
    Dr. Rosaleen Cooper, R.G.'s sister. W.G.; husband Jim, sons Dan, Roger & Paul RPG.
  • McCormacks

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.
  • Short

    Shipping agent and operator of a lending library in Palma. K.G.
  • Vyvyan

    Richards, Vyvyan
    Old friend of T.E. Lawrence who owned a private press and helped RG and LR set up their own in Hammersmith (RPG pp.62-3) eds.
  • Snaith

    Snaith, Stanley
    wrote for the Library Review eds.
  • Horder

    Horder, Lord Mervyn
    (1910-1997) ran the Duckworth & Co. publishing house in London eds.
  • Kyllmann

    Kyllmann, O.K.
    of Constable's RG; also referred to as O.K. eds
  • John Buchan, or, Tweedsmuir

    Buchan, John
    (1875-1940) The writer. Appointed Governor General of Canada. W.G.; Baron Tweedsmuir. eds.
  • Kitty West

    West, Katherine
    wife of English journalist, [Douglas West eds.]; lived in Regent Park [at 32 York Terrace eds.] where RG and LR stayed on exile from Mallorca (1936) R.P.G.; dedicatee of LR's A Trojan Ending eds.
  • Watt, W.P.
    Team member at A.S. Watt & Son, Ltd., RG's literary agent.
  • Tom

    Matthews, T.S.(Tom)
    American journalist. Took sabbatical from TIME and arrived in Deyá in 1930. Involved from then on with L.R. and R.G. WG
  • Swartz

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Churchill

    Churchill, Winston (Sir)
    On the island [of Majorca] December 1935. W.G. In 1936 R.G. had an interview with him in London , and expressed his concerns about the Spanish Civil War. (Diary: November 1936) eds.
  • Frank

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

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
  • Arthur Barker Ltd.

    Barker, Arthur
    The English publisher of I, Claudius and Claudius the God. WG
  • Westminster Bank

  • Duckworth & Co.

    Duckworth & Co.
    publishers eds.
  • Albatross Modern Continental Library

    pub'd by British John Holroy-Rece and German Kurt Enoch eds.; German pocket-books K.G.
  • Times Book Club

    Times Book Club
    a circulating library eds.
  • A.M. Heath & Company Limited

    A.M. Heath
    Author's agency, London eds.
  • List Verlag

    List Verlag
    German publishers of I Claudius. Diary & K.G.
  • Editors

    Editors of the Graves Diary Project.


    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938
    • Title: Library Review
    • PubPlace: Glasgow
    • Title: The Swiss Ghost [formerly The Kind Ghost] [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1937-04-22