Collection SC050 - Robert Graves collection

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Robert Graves collection

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  • 1934 - 1970 (Creation)
    Graves, Robert, 1895-1985

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2.8 m of textual records and other material

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Robert Graves was an English poet and novelist. Born in London, he was the son of A. P. Graves, who had taken a leading part in the Irish Renaissance in literature and music. Robert Graves was educated at Oxford and served with the British Army in France in World War I. Graves lived at various time in England and Majorca. His early poetry received critical praise. He also collaborated with Laura Riding in "A Survey of Modernist Poetry". He is best known for his historical novels, including "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God". Other works include "Goodbye to All That" and "The Long Week-End". Graves was professor of poetry at Oxford from 1961 to 1966.

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The collection consists of Graves' autograph diary (1935-1939), with enclosures including letters from his children, photographs, clippings, and transcripts of poems, articles and letters; correspondence written by Graves to various people, including Isla Cameron, Selwyn Jepson, Aemilia Laracuen, Andrew Mylett, and Raphael Patai; poetry worksheets (1965-1970) and prose and poetry worksheets (1970); manuscripts including essays, reviews, forewords, prefaces, articles, lectures, and for the works "King Jesus", "The Anger of Achilles", "Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis", "Greek Gods and Heroes", "An Ancient Castle", "La Luna de los Perros", and "Juvenalia and Other Poems"; photographs; and drawings of Majorca by Paul Hogarth. The collection is arranged in lots as its various parts were acquired not as a single purchase but from different book dealers at different times. The collection also consists of a copy of a letter from Robert Graves to UBC chemist Lionel Harrison with sample pages from the poetry book it refers to. The collection also consists of a portrait of RG by John Ulbricht done in 1968.

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Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence; Graves, Robert, 1895-1985--Correspondence; Graves, Robert, 1895-1985--Portraits; Majorca (Spain)--Pictorial works

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includes ca. 200 photographs; 22 drawings; 1 portrait

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Revised by JF, August 8, 2013.

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