Aug 18 Thursday

James & Ethel ×××× [indecipherable] occupy our days. They are late for all meals and difficult about food: but in the evening Laura cooked dried figs with wine, salt butter, lemon, cordial Medoc1 and they were enraptured.
No work got done, except some that Laura did with David and I finished a poem in 3 drafts about Assumption Day.
A very lovely hot day.

Editorial Notes

1wine eds.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Reeves, David
    Brother of James Reeves [and Ethel Herdman] RPG 292.
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • Ethel

    Reeves, Ethel
    Sister of James Reeves. AMG 317.


    • Title: Assumption Day [poem: draft enclosed; see diary Aug. 15th and 18th, 1938 eds.]
    • Title: Robert Graves: Complete Poems Vol. III
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Editor: Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward
    • PubPlace: Manchester
    • Publisher: Carcanet Press
    • BiblScope: pp.346, 528 (note)
    • Date: 1995-1999