Nov 21 Monday

No reviews yet of poems1 published on the 18th – preliminary suscriptions amounted to £7.19/- O. Belisarius published today in U.S.A. [United States of America] [RG]
A mad letter from Mary Lucy saying that she is mediumistic & always having feelings about me – & I must not tell anyone. I was very angry and told everyone present. Recently she wrote of a dream about my breaking my glasses & getting eyestrain: but she got it wrong, it was Alan who has done this.
All day except Dictionary And on poem. At 12 p.m., when Beryl Dorothy & Alan came to have tea with me in the Salon, I ×××× [indecipherable] asked Beryl to burn it, which she did.[RG]2
Work on Swiss Ghost Ch [Chapter] X

Editorial Notes

2See reference to a "poem about pursuit and leisure", and note in Nov. 19th entry. eds.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • Alan

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

    Lucy, Mary
    Visited R.G. and L.R. at Ewhurst. An admirer of both Graves and Riding, but her marital problems brought tensions to their household. See diary entry January 2, 1938 (and K.G. note).


    • 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
    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21