Oct 31 Monday

Dictionary in morning, and The Castle in afternoon.
News that Margaret has got a job and that Methuen's have accepted The Left Heresy and intend to make it a low-priced book, to counteract Left Book Club1.
We went out at midnight to the Grove (David, Dorothy, Beryl, Alan, Laura & I) with the cats. The ghosts were remarkably calm this year.
Finishing specimen definitions for the dictionary (Laura, Alan & I).
Madame Perou gave us quince jelly in exchange for ours: she said ours tasted too much of the fruit. Hers was French – almost pure sugar.

Editorial Notes

1 Gollancz's KG

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Alan

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

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. WG
  • 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
  • Mme Perou

    Madam Perou and her family who befriended RG et al at La Chevrie eds.
  • Gollancz

    Gollancz, Victor
    (1893-1967), publisher, and founder of Left Book Club in 1936 eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Methuen Publishing

    Methuen Publishing
    Publisher of Harry Kemp's The Left Heresy eds.


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Castle-Keeper, The [children's story; unpublished?]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1938-10-30
    • Title: The Left Heresy in Literature and Life [the essay "Politics and Poetry" comprises the closing section of this book.(RPG 278) eds.]
    • Author: Kemp, Harry/ Riding, Laura/ others
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Methuen
    • Idno: B29
    • Date: 1939