Oct 29 Sat.

Dictionary with Alan: and again with Laura at night.
Final verse to The Suicide in the Copse.
Leonie went to Rennes; so much housework.
Picked hips and red blackberries to flavour apple-jam. At night in the Salon made 30 lbs [pounds] flavoured also with lemon peel & (too much) cloves: Beryl, Dorothy, Alan helping (David abstained). Finished at 2 am.[RG] Heard from Honor after silence of 2 months. She was to have come but had no money.
At jam making asked Beryl 'Frankly, are you bored with the stirring?'
'No, not frankly.'
D.L.Murray wrote to Laura: if she cares to make a factual statement about review1 he will print it. Laura wrote again ending: 'if you answer this I will write again.'

Editorial Notes

1of her poems in the T.L.S. eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Rennes

    Rennes, France
    where Gelat's daughter, Anita, and son-in-law, Juan Vives live; visited by RG and LR et al in 1938 eds.

People Mentioned

  • Alan

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

    servant at La Chevrie eds.
  • 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.
  • Dorothy

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

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • D.L. Murray

    Murray, D.L.
    editor of the Times Literary Supplement eds.


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Times Literary Supplement
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Times London
    • Date: 1902-1968
    • Title: Suicide in the Copse, The [poem]
    • Title: Poems 1938-1945 [1945]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • BiblScope: 11
    • Idno: A58
    • Date: 1938-10-27