Jan 16 Monday

Laura's birthday. We gave her an azalea, & white flowers, & a cake with Laura and chocolate peppermints & each wrote her a letter: she had asked for 'no presents'. Karl sent her a cameo of Lucrece1.
Anita & Juan came (with a present of eau-de-Cologne & olives) & Juan said how much he hated the Catalans2.
We sent up 3 rockets for Laura & Laura's fellow-birthdays (Tom, Leonard Russell) and tried a S. Antonio3 bonfire but it was put out by torrents of rain.
Nono4 disappears every day. He goes into the loft & eats rats & mice & bats: comes in not hungry & quite wild.

Editorial Notes

1Roman legendary figure eds.
2Spaniards of Catalonia eds.
3San Antonio day eds.
4cat eds.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Matthews, T.S.(Tom)
    American journalist. Took sabbatical from TIME and arrived in Deyá in 1930. Involved from then on with L.R. and R.G. WG
  • 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.
  • Anita

    Ana, Anita
    Marroig. Gelat's daughter, married to Juan Vives the Doctor's brother. Live in Rennes, France. WG
  • Juan

    Vives, Juan
    The Doctor's brother. Married to Gelat's daughter. Lived in Rennes, France. WG
  • Leonard

    Russell, Leonard
    son of Graves' housekeeper Margaret Russell KG


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935