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About me24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985

To bring the dead to life / Is no great magic / Few are wholly dead / Blow on a dead man's embers / And a live flame will start

I am probably best known as a writer of prose. Goodbye to All That (1929), for example, is my memoir of army service during the first world war. My two novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God (both 1934) possibly did as much to shape perceptions of ancient Rome as Shakespeare’s Roman plays did. Yet I always maintained that these were written merely for money; poetry was my true vocation.

My poetic oeuvre published during my lifetime spans the years from 1916 to 1974, and has been judged by some to be the finest lyric poetry in English of the twentieth century. A polymath, I developed my interests in myth and religion: The White Goddess (1948), subtitled ‘a historical grammar of poetic myth’, was an immense work that challenged conventional views about poetry. I also continued my controversial research into the mythic and historic aspects of the life of Jesus, translated classical authors and produced a compendium of the Greek myths.

"To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession."

"Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat."

"There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either."

About my libraryMy library consists of my working library, my personal library and miscellaneous volumes that passed through my hands at one time or another.

My working library comprises c1250 editions reflecting my interest in English, Greek and Latin literature, comparative religion, mythology and anthropology, as well as first editions of my own works, school prizes and books received from friends. It was bequeathed to the St John’s College Robert Graves Trust by my widow, Beryl, in 2003.

My personal library is the collection I shared with Beryl and is currently held at La Casa de Robert Graves (Canellun), Deià, Mallorca, Spain.

Other volumes are scattered among other libraries in the UK and America, including the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

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Real nameRobert Ranke Graves

LocationDeià, Majorca

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Member sinceDec 30, 2009

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Dear Mr Graves,
I see we share several books. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on The Forward Book of Poetry 2001. How do you feel modern poetry fares in comparison with the poetry written when you were alive? Also, were you much surprised upon reading Ryszard Kapuściński's Imperium to find the USSR no longer existed and that Communism in eastern Europe had collapsed? Certainly I would not have expected such a thing in 1985, the year of your death.
Dear Mr Graves
I am a little surprised to see how many of your books were not published until after your death. Many of us have some trouble with our book buying habit, but I at least had expected death to provide a merciful release from it, a goodbye to all that. Does Amazon deliver to your present location?
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