July 25 Mon

More work on the poem, now called Autobiographical 1
Alan nailing up Dorothy's chapel against bats. (One was let into the house, we think by Modeste, while we were all taking an evening walk to Petite Chevrie. I killed it with a shovel.)
Dorothy & I made lamp shades & shade-holders, after going together to Montauban & ordering a 2nd hand bicycle. [sic: )]
Laura with difficulty working on Aristotle2.
An ensaimada 3 sent by Juan & Anita: made by a Ca'n Borras man at Mulhouse4.

Editorial Notes

1Presumably this became " Being Tall ". (Check drafts in Buffalo for this title.) DW; eds.
3a local Majorcan pastry WG; "twisted coffee cake" eds.
4town outside of Basel, France eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Montauban

    Montauban-de-la-Bretagne, Brittany, France

People Mentioned

  • Juan

    Vives, Juan
    The Doctor's brother. Married to Gelat's daughter. Lived in Rennes, France. WG
  • Anita

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

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Laura

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

    Dreuxlin, Modeste
    cook and house maid at La Chevrie, France eds.
  • Dorothy

    Simmons, Dorothy
    Sculptor associated with the Graves-Riding inner circle (1938-39). Married to Montague Simmons. eds


    • Title: Lives of Wives [prose]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd.
    • Idno: A39
    • Date: 1939
    • Title: Being Tall [poem: was called "Autobiographical"? See Complete Poems, Vol. II, pp.90-91. (Check drafts in Buffalo for this title.) DW]
    • Title: Collected Poems (1938)
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Date: 1938-11