Nov 8 Tuesday

Dictionary , sorting phantasmagoria words,[RG] and went over typescript of Ch [Chapter] IX of Swiss Ghost.
At nights we read aloud 10 pp [pages] a time of British Social Life in India1
Cats still make messes in corners.
Laura asked me to help in getting right a verse of Norman-&-her translation of Bâteau Ivre2 about lunules3 and black hippocamps4.
Two bound5 copies of my poem proofs6 came; sent one to Karl7.
My second pair of black corduroy trousers: paid.
Dorothy got her wood and is beginning her statue of hand, head & wheel8.
Govt [Government] troops cross the Segre9, as Franco re-reaches right bank of Ebro.

Editorial Notes

1 British Social Life in India by Dennis Kincaid. London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1938. eds.
2 Le Bateau Ivre [Trans. The Drunken Boat] by Arthur Rimbaud. Paris: Biotop, [?] eds.
3crescent shaped shells? eds.
4seahorses eds.
7at the Lilly Library, Indiana KG
8a rebas[?] suggested by LR KG
9 El Segre, Spain eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Ebro

    Taragona, Spain
    The Rio Ebre [Ebro River] travels through Taragona eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

    Cameron, Norman
    Poet. Built Can Torrent in 1932-1933. W.G.; m. to Elfriede, then to Catherine Vandervelde; friend and contributor to LR and RG's work eds.
  • 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.
  • Franco

    Franco, General
    Spanish General; led the Nationalist forces against the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War; Spanish Head of State from 1939-1969.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    Sangorski & Sutcliffe
    bookbinders (est. 1901); RG had proof copies of his own and LR's work bound by them eds.


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: The Swiss Ghost [formerly The Kind Ghost] [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1937-04-22
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938