Jan 20 Friday

Dictionary and three drafts of a poem about a Party1.
Today we got a dozen oranges from Canellun sent by Gelat via Maria of S'on Corté who is married to Mateo at Lyons: they were five inches across, seedless navels, and tasted of Deyá.
Defeatism in all the Press about the seizure of Majorca by Italians and an attack on France by way of Pyrenees2 : 'the lesser evil.[RG]'.
Igualada3 captured by Franco.

Editorial Notes

1Presumably "A Stranger at the Party". See Complete Poems, Vol. II, pp. 137-38. DW; eds.
2Pyrenees Mountains, bordering France and Spain eds.
3Spain eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Canellun

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG
  • Son Corté

    Son Corté, Mallorca, Spain
  • Lyon

    Lyon, France
  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.
  • Majorca/ Mallorca

    Majorca, Sp
    Largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. R.G. and L.R. lived there, in Deyá, from 1929-1936. eds

People Mentioned

  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • Franco

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


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: A Stranger at the Party [poem]
    • Title: Work in Hand [Alan Hodge, Norman Cameron, Robert Graves]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Hogarth Press
    • Idno: B30
    • Date: 1942-03
    • Title: Robert Graves: The Complete Poems Vols. 1-3
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Editor: Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward
    • PubPlace: Manchester and Paris
    • Publisher: Carcanet Press and Alyscamps
    • Date: 1995-1999