Jan 6 Friday

Reading The War the Infantry Knew2
Second draft of a poem about love and Africa3.
To Montauban on bike: first time for several weeks: Russian billiards
Laura going on with Herods4.
She wrote a letter to Chamberlain.
A crop of jokes about Massa Montague & his negroes. It started some months ago when he was here: he heard some singing at night & the Commis5 at the farm – & said it sounded like negroes.
Stripped Xmas [Christmas] tree: made a club out of mistletoe bough.

Editorial Notes

1i.e. the letter 'F' eds.
2 The War the Infantry Knew, 1914-1919 by J.C. Dunn. London: P.S. King & Son Ltd., 1938, 1987. eds.
3 "The Love Beast" RPG 295-6
5clerks eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Montauban

    Montauban-de-la-Bretagne, Brittany, France

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Chamberlain, Neville
    (1869-1940) British Prime Minister in the 1930s; m. to Anne Chamberlain née Cole eds.
  • Montague Simmonds

    Simmons, Montague
    poet, and civil servant in the children's branch of the Home Office; m. to Dorothy Simmons, the sculptress RPG


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Lives of Wives [prose]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd.
    • Idno: A39
    • Date: 1939
    • Title: Love Beast, The [poem; published as The Beast]
    • Title: No More Ghosts
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber
    • Idno: A50
    • Date: 1939-01-06