Robert Graves - Author

About the Author

Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, the son of Irish writer Perceval Graves and Amalia Von Ranke. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After this, apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926, he earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels, including: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Count Belisarius; Wife of Mr Milton; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Proceed, Sergeant Lamb; The Golden Fleece; They Hanged My Saintly Billy; and The Isles of Unwisdom. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. The Times Literary Supplement acclaimed it as 'one of the most candid self portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted', as well as being of exceptional value as a war document. Two of his most discussed non-fiction works are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarine Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro), a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. His translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (with Omar Ali-Shah) is also published in Penguin. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971.

Robert Graves died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929. On his death The Times wrote of him, 'He will be remembered for his achievements as a prose stylist, historical novelist and memorist, but above all as the great paradigm of the dedicated poet, "the greatest love poet in English since Donne".'

Featured books by Robert Graves

Other books by Robert Graves

They Hanged My Saintly Billy

They Hanged My Saintly Billy

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

An essential selection from the range and bulk of Robert Graves's poetry, edited by Ulster poet Michael Longley. This edition restores Graves to view as a major twentieth century poet, and demonstrates his manifold achievement as war poet, as love poet, and as - in the round - a secular visionary whose poems are 'inimitable, eccentric marvels - some of which are extraordinary, many are masterly, all are like nothing else ever written' (Randall Jarrell). This edition of Robert Graves's poems is scrupulously selected from across the full range of his lifetime's verse. It opens with an illuminating introduction in which Longley makes a persuasive case for the importance of this remarkable poet.

On English Poetry

On English Poetry

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2018

The Siege And Fall Of Troy

The Siege And Fall Of Troy

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2018

The Greek Myths The Complete and Definitive Edition

The Greek Myths The Complete and Definitive Edition

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2017

*The definitive and comprehensive edition of Robert Graves's classic retelling of the Greek myths* 'Icarus disobeyed his father's instructions and began soaring towards the sun, rejoiced by the lift of his great sweeping wings. Presently, when Daedalus looked over his shoulder, he could no longer see Icarus; but scattered feathers floated on the waves below...' These are the greatest stories ever told - the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home - brought together into one epic and unforgettable story. Ideal for the first time reader, it can be read as a single page-turning narrative, while full commentaries as well as a comprehensive index of names make it equally valuable for anyone seeking an authoritative and detailed account of the spectacular stories that make up the bedrock of Western literature. The Greek Myths is a classic among classics, a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own right.

Poems 1938 1945

Poems 1938 1945

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Over the Brazier

Over the Brazier

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

Fairies and Fusiliers

Fairies and Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2017

Fairies and Fusiliers

Fairies and Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2017

Whipperginny

Whipperginny

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2017

The Comedies of Terence

The Comedies of Terence

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Terence achieved in his brief twenty-six years a standard of stylistic perfection and artistic restraint that ranked him, along with Plautus, as the greatest of the Roman comic playwrights. He was, at the very least, a gifted translator and adaptor, having used Greek New Comedies as the basis for all six of his extant plays. How far his own contribution exceeded that of simple translation is difficult to say, but we know that the Latin, undeniably his, was so faultlessly styled that his work served as a textbook for scholars and grammarians for hundreds of years. Terence had a considerable impact on the Revival of Letters; his comedies were studied and were frequently adapted into new works by such men as Steele, Chapman, and, most famously, Moliire. Indeed, had there been no Terence, it is doubtful that the Comedy of Manners could have arisen when it did, and all comic writing for the stage, from Moilire through the Restoration drama to the present day, would be diminished for lack of him. Appropriately, the language of this translation is from the Restoration. Graves has based his version on the one made in 1689 by Laurence Echard; he has corrected inaccuracies, eliminated defects and obscurities, but retained the period tone. Including in this book are the major comedies: The Fair Andrian, The Mother-In-Law, The Self-Tormentor, The Eunuch, The Tricks of Phormio and The Brothers. A close reading of Terence is a fine corrective to any idea that may still be current, about the glory that was Greece and grandeur that was Rome during the Hellenistic period. It is an assurance that in some respects at least, this age is not depraved at all.

Fairies and Fusiliers

Fairies and Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Fairies and Fusiliers

Fairies and Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Ann At Highwood Hall

Ann At Highwood Hall

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2017

Reader Over Your Shoulder

Reader Over Your Shoulder

Author: Robert Graves Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2017

<p>In late October 1939, Robert Graves wrote to Alan Hodge: "e;I have begun a new book, about English."e; Graves and Hodge had recently completed a social history of the between-wars period called <i>The Long Week-End</i>. Now they embarked on this new project, "e;a handbook for writers of English Prose,"e; to be called <i>The Reader Over Your Shoulder</i>.</p><p> The world was in total upheaval. Graves had already fled Majorca three years earlier at the start of the Spanish Civil War. As they labored over their new writing project, Graves and Hodge witnessed the fall of France and the evacuation of Allied forces at Dunkirk. In early September 1940 began the bombing of London by the German Luftwaffe, a concentrated effort to destroy the resolve of the English people. Gravess and Hodges idea was simple enough: at a time when their whole world was falling apart, the survival of English prose sentences, of writing that was clear, concise, intelligible, had become paramount if hope were going to survive the onslaught. They came up with forty-one principles for writing, the majority devoted to clarity, the remainder to grace of expression. They studied the prose of a wide range of noted authors and leaders, finding much room for improvement. Quoting grammarian and bestselling author Patricia T. OConner from her new introduction, "e;With a new war to be won, the kingdom couldnt afford careless, sloppy English. Good communication was critical."e;</p><p> The book they would write would turn out to be one of the most erudite, and at the same time one of the most spontaneous and inspired, ever to take on the challenge of writing well. OConner in her introduction describes <i>The Reader Over Your Shoulder </i>as nothing less than "e;the best book on writing ever published."e; The present edition restores, for the first time in three-quarters of a century, the original, 1943, text, which in subsequent printings and editions had been shortened by over 150 pages, including much of the heart of the book.</p>

The Big Green Book

The Big Green Book

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2016

THE TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK The little boy Jack discovers a big green book of magic in the attic, and learns all sorts of spells - spells to change the look of things, spells to make him old and grey, or disappear entirely! Of course I can't tell you how all these things were done, because this was a long time ago and the big green book has now disappeared. But if you want to read about what Jack did with his new magic powers, and how his poor old aunt and uncle were quite bewildered, then take a look inside... An enchanting, strange and sometimes chilling tale, masterfully illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

War Poems

War Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Selected Works of Robert Graves

Selected Works of Robert Graves

Author: Robert Graves Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2016

<p>The <i>Selected Works of Robert Graves </i>introduces readers to a selection of four noteworthy literary works by renowned novelist, poet and translator, Robert Graves. This four-novel collection highlights his work in the historical fiction genrewhich offers timeless insight into the human condition, as well as a unique window into history as envisioned by a master writer.<br><i>I, Claudius </i>tells the tale of a rather bookish young man with a limp and a stammer, a man who spent most of his time trying to stay away from the danger and risk of the line of ascensiononly to find himself next in line for the throne. <i>They Hanged my Saintly Billy </i>sets out the details of the real, 1856 trial of William Palmer, a self-confessed forger, thief, and petty criminal. Though he is accused of allegedly poisoning his friends and family, Robert Graves presents Palmers side of the story, deeply flawed but ultimately not beyond redemption. In <i>The Islands of Unwisdom</i>, Spanish Adventurer Alvaro de Mendana y Neyna and his wife, the beautiful and dangerous Ysabel, lead a crew of adventurers beyond the horizon in search of the Solomon islandsand wealth beyond their wildest dreams. <i>Wife to Mr. Milton </i>is Robert Graves fictionalization of a real, troubled marriage, told from the point of view of the witty, sensual Marie Powellwho is ill matched to the cruel and domineering John Milton.</p>

Whipperginny

Whipperginny

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2015

Poems 1938 1945

Poems 1938 1945

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Over the Brazier

Over the Brazier

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Fairies and Fusiliers

Fairies and Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Fairies and Fusiliers

Fairies and Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. Robert Graves was one of our most fascinating poets of the last century. Born in London in 1895, he served in the First World War and was mistakenly reported killed in action at the Battle of the Somme, as he vividly recounted in his memoir, Goodbye To All That (1929). While serving in France, he befriended Siegfried Sassoon, and would be instrumental in saving Sassoon from the threat of court-martial that followed his declaration against the prolonging of the war. When Graves visited Sassoon at Craiglockhart Hospital he met Wilfred Owen, and for a time the three poets began to work closely in what Michael Longley, this volume's editor, calls 'a momentous coincidence of talent'. Robert Graves died in 1985 and is commemorated Poets' Corner at in Westminster Abbey.

Country Sentiment

Country Sentiment

Author: Robert Graves Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2013

Robert von Ranke Graves is more commonly known as Robert Graves was born on 24 July 1895. A man of great talents; poet, scholar, translator and the writer of such gems as I Claudius. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves's poems-together with his translations and interpretations of the Greek myths, his memoir of his early life, including his role in the First World War, Good-Bye to All That, and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess-have never been out of print. In this volume we bring you his first published poetry collection.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2013

A new and essential selection from the range and bulk of Robert Graves's poetry, edited by Ulster poet Michael Longley. This edition will restore Graves to view as a major twentieth century poet, and demonstrate his manifold achievement as war poet, as love poet, and as - in the round - a secular visionary whose poems are 'inimitable, eccentric marvels - some of which are extraordinary, many are masterly, all are like nothing else ever written' (Randall Jarrell).

The Greek Myths (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Greek Myths (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Including many of the greatest stories ever told - the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home - Robert Graves's superb and comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years as the definitive version. With a novelist's skill and a poet's eye, Graves draws on the entire canon of ancient literature, bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic and unforgettable story. Ideal for the first time reader, it can be read as a single, continuous narrative, while full commentaries, with cross-references, interpretations, variants and explanations, as well as a comprehensive index of names, make it equally valuable as a work of scholarly reference for anyone seeking an authoritative and detailed account of the gods, heroes and extraordinary events that provide the bedrock of Western literature. The result is a classic among classics, a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own right.

Homer's Daughter

Homer's Daughter

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2012

In Homer's Daughter Robert Graves recreates the Odyssey. This bold retelling of the ancient epic imagines that its author was not the blind and bearded Homer of legend, but a young woman in Western Sicily who calls herself Nausicaa. In Robert Graves's words, Homer's Daughter is 'the story of a high-spirited and religious-minded Sicilian girl who saves her father's throne from usurpation, herself from a distasteful marriage, and her two younger brothers from butchery by boldly making things happen, instead of sitting still and hoping for the best.'

Seven Days in New Crete

Seven Days in New Crete

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2012

Edward Venn-Thomas lives in the twentieth century but has been mysteriously transported to the future, and the apparently idyllic society of New Create, where there is no hunger, no war and no dissatisfaction. However Venn-Thomas is starting to find life among the New Cretans rather dull. He comes to realize that their perfect existence, inspired by the poets and magicians of their strange occultic religion, lacks one fundamental thing - evil. So Venn-Thomas sees it as nothing less than his duty to introduce them to the darker side of life. First published in 1949 and also known as Watch the North Wind Rise, Graves's novel is a thrilling blend of utopian fantasy, science fiction and mythology.

Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2012

Robert Graves first came across the name of Roger Lamb in 1914, when Graves was an English officer instructing his platoon in regimental history. Lamb was a British soldier who had served his king during the American War of Independence, and whose claim to a footnote in history is that he managed to escape twice from American prison camps. When Graves went to America in the 1930s, he remembered Sergeant Lamb, investigated his story and created this fictionalized memoir telling Lamb's story from his Irish childhood to war and revolution, weaving a mesmerizing tale of courage and adventure.

The Golden Fleece

The Golden Fleece

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2011

In order to reclaim his father's kingdom, Jason has been sent on an impossible mission - to take the golden ram's fleece that lies far away, guarded by a dragon. Jason, who is so attractive that women fall instantly in love with him, sets sail in the Argo, along with the greatest heroes of ancient Greece, including the surly (and often drunk) Hercules, the enchanting musician Orpheus and the battling twins Castor and Pollux. As they battle clashing rocks, monsters and seductresses, watched over by pitiless gods, they will learn that victory comes at a price. In The Golden Fleece Robert Graves transforms Greek myth into a thrilling and richly imagined story, bringing the ancient world vividly alive.

Wife to Mr Milton

Wife to Mr Milton

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2011

Marie Powell is sixteen when her father marries her to the poet John Milton in payment of a debt. They move to a pretty garden-house in London, but she struggles to adjust to her new life. Her husband is high-minded and unyielding, and only makes Marie long for the man she really loves. As Civil War sweeps across England and the King is killed, a battle starts to rage between husband and wife - one that only the powerful can win. Told through the fictional journals of Milton's wife, Robert Graves's sympathetic and sensitive reconstruction of her tragic life is also a convincing, linguistically rich portrait of seventeenth-century England as it is ravaged by war.

King Jesus

King Jesus

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2011

Robert Graves's controversial historical novel is a bold reworking of the story of Christ. Here Jesus is not the son of God, but the result of a secret marriage - the descendant of Herod and true King of the Jews. Written from the perspective of a lowly official at the end of the first century AD, King Jesus recounts Jesus's birth, youth, life as a charismatic 'wonder worker' and the unorthodox, bitter nature of his death and resurrection. Portraying Jesus not as divine but as a flawed human bent upon his own doom, this retelling of the gospels is a compelling blend of research, imagination and narrative power.

The Greek Myths

The Greek Myths

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Classicist and poet Robert Graves's superb two-volume retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years as the definitive version. Drawing on the entire canon of ancient literature, Graves weaves together all the elements of every myth into a single harmonious narrative. Ideal for the first time reader, it is also accompanied by commentaries, cross-references, variants and explanations that make it equally valuable as a work of scholarly reference. The result is a dazzling and comprehensive account of the gods and monsters, the heroic feats and appalling tragedies of ancient Greece, many of them among the greatest stories ever told. In this second volume, Graves recounts the tragedies of Oedipus, Iphigineia and Medea, the labours of Hercules, the voyages of Odysseus, the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, the epic story of the Trojan War, as well as many, many others.

Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2011

'There has been a lot of fighting hereabouts. The trenches have made themselves rather than been made, and run inconsequently in and out of the big thirty-foot high stacks of bricks; it is most confusing. The parapet of a trench which we don't occupy is built up with ammunition boxes and corpses . . .' In one of the most honest and candid self-portraits ever committed to paper, Robert Graves tells the extraordinary story of his experiences as a young officer in the First World War. He describes life in the trenches in vivid, raw detail, how the dehumanizing horrors he witnessed left him shell-shocked. They were to haunt him for the rest of his life.

Translating Rome

Translating Rome

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2010

In his translations of three major works from the Roman world, brought together in one volume for the first time, Robert Graves brings the myths, legends and history of the classical world vividly to life. His translations influenced a generation of readers, and writers, when they were first published in the 1950s. As Robert Cummings discusses in his introduction, Graves may sometimes override the strict demands of accuracy; his interpretations of, and responses to, his material may at times be idiosyncratic, but 'Whatever complaints are lodged against Graves' translations, he remains, after fifty years, eminently readable.' Graves himself recognised the translator's problem: 'how much is owed to the letter, and how much to the spirit'. It is the novelist's narrative virtuosity, his flair for catching a character's individual voice, and, above all, his endless curiosity about the world, that make these translations as memorably entertaining as they were to their original audience, as well as a revealing mirror to Graves' interest in myth in The White Goddess and his imaginative recreations of the classical world in I, Claudius and Claudius the God . The Golden Ass is one of the essential works in European literature, a magical, entertaining, sometimes bawdy, adventure, to which Graves responds with exuberant delight. In contrast, Lucan's Pharsalia an account of the civil war between Julius Casear and Pompey, raises for Graves issues of the writer's moral responsibility, the rejection of rhetoric, that in his own time, he writes, had sent poets 'marching through the Waste Land' after the Great War. The Twelve Caesars exemplifies the writer's responsibility to the truthful record in its vivid accounts of the corruptions of arbitrary power.

Lawrence and the Arabs

Lawrence and the Arabs

Author: Robert Graves Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2009

T. E. Lawrence began his lifelong affair with the Middle East while still a student at Oxford, taking a four-month walking tour of Syria to study the Crusaders' castles. He later returned to the area as an archaeologist and, at the outbreak of World War I, was attached to British Army Intelligence in Egypt. In 1916 he set out on his greatest adventure: with no backing, Lawrence joined Arab forces facing almost insurmountable odds in a rebellion against Turkish domination. His brilliance as a desert-war strategist made him a hero among the Arabs and a legendary figure throughout the world, earning him the moniker "e;Lawrence of Arabia."e; Lawrence, though, had a near-pathological dislike of publicity and thus began a life of self-imposed obscurity as T. E. Shaw, anonymous RAF soldier.

Claudius The God

Claudius The God

Author: Robert Graves Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/06/2009

Read in the style of a secret diary, this famous sequel to I, Claudius gives a wry and human view of the Roman world, bringing to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history. Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. He recounts his surprisingly successful rule; how he cultivates loyalty of the army to repair the damage caused by his nephew Caligula; his friendship with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain. Yet beneath the surface Claudius' good fortune is under threat. With the growing paranoia of absolute power, and his young wife Messalina causing trouble, how long can Claudius survive? Sir Derek Jacobi narrates; the only true voice of Claudius, having played him in the 1976 BBC series. Jacobi is a beloved stage and screen actor.

Country Sentiment

Country Sentiment

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2009

Fairies And Fusiliers

Fairies And Fusiliers

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2008

Complete Short Stories

Complete Short Stories

Author: Robert Graves, Lucia Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2008

The ever-popular novelist and story-teller Robert Graves wrote fascinating and durable stories, here collected together in a single volume for the first time by the poet's daughter Lucia Graves.

Today and Tomorrow Volume 20 Language and Literature Lars Porsena or the Future of Swearing Breaking Priscian's Head or English as She Will be Spoke and Wrote Delphos: The Future of International Lang

Today and Tomorrow Volume 20 Language and Literature Lars Porsena or the Future of Swearing Breaking Priscian's Head or English as She Will be Spoke and Wrote Delphos: The Future of International Lang

Author: Robert Graves, J. Y. T. Greig, E. Sylvia Pankhurst, Basil de Selincourt Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2008

Lars Porsena Or the Future of Swearing Robert Graves Originally published in 1927 Not for squeamish readers. Spectator A deliciously ironical affair. Bystander Humour and style are beyond criticism. Irish Statesman As relevant now as when it was first published, this volume and its ironic look at the political correctness of society has become a classic of the Today & Tomorrow series. 90pp Breaking Priscian's Head Or English As She Will Be Spoke and Wrote J Y T Greig Originally published in 1928 The most vehement attack (on standard English) we have ever read. Morning Post A rollicking book Spectator This volume discusses the nature of language, grammar, the influence of America, of slang dialect and many other subjects. 90p **************** Delphos The Future of International Language E Sylvia Pankhurst Originally published in 1927 In this volume, Sylvia Pankhurst argues that an international language would be one of the greatest assets to modern civilization. She surveys past attempts from the sixteenth to the early twentieth centuries and predicts the arrival of the inter-language, its form, its social and cultural utility and its influence for world peace. 90pp Pomona or the Future of English Basil de Selincourt Originally published in 1926 Equal to anything yet produced in this brilliant series. Spectator An analysis of the present condition of the English language and the paths along which it is progressing. 88pp

Goodbye to All That and Other Great War Writings

Goodbye to All That and Other Great War Writings

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/12/2007

Goodbye to All That is Robert Graves' celebrated account of his youth and his experiences as a young officer during the First World War. From an unhappy childhood at Charterhouse to the horrors of the trenches, this is both a movingly personal portrait and an invaluable chronicle of an age. This is the only available edition of Robert Graves' original 1929 version, differing considerably from the 1957 revision offered by other publishers. Also included are Graves' Postscript to Goodbye to All That (1930) and the play But it Still Goes On (1930), both of which have been out of print for decades. Steven Trout's Introduction and notes are invaluable to new readers and enthusiasts.

Lawrence and the Arabian Adventure

Lawrence and the Arabian Adventure

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2007

Goodbye To All That

Goodbye To All That

Author: Robert Graves Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/09/2007

Goodbye to All That is Robert Graves' searing autobiography and an emotional first-hand account of life in the Great War trenches. A graphic storyteller, Graves begins with the petty cruelties of his public school upbringing. Then, almost in 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary style, he paints devastating portraits of war: of a young man's hell, of meaningless sacrifice, of everyday heroism, and of the idiocy of the military command. Even accomplishing some moments of humour, Goodbye to All That is an enthralling listen, bringing the listener into the midst of the battle. It is widely recognised as one of the most powerful insights into the trauma of war. Read by award-winning British stage, television and voice actor, Martin Jarvis

On English Poetry

On English Poetry

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2007

Mrs Fisher Or The Future Of Humour

Mrs Fisher Or The Future Of Humour

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2007

The Long Weekend AND The Reader Over Your Shoulder

The Long Weekend AND The Reader Over Your Shoulder

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/2006

These two non-fiction pieces are Graves's poignant response to English culture during the Second World War. This contemporary edition makes accessible two of Graves's pieces of non-fiction that have not been widely available since their original printing during the 1940's. This critical edition includes literary analysis and commentary with the original text. The volume will be of use to students studying Graves as well as to scholars seeking a clean and durable edition of previously obscure texts.

Count Belisarius

Count Belisarius

Author: Robert Graves, John Julius Norwich Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2006

The sixth century was not a peaceful time for the Roman empire. Invaders threatened on all fronties, but they grew to respect and fear the name of Belisarius, the Emperor Justinian's greatest general. With this book Robert Graves again demonstrates his command of a vast historical subject, creating a startling and vivid picture of a decadent era.

Claudius the God

Claudius the God

Author: Robert Graves, Barry Unsworth Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Continuing the saga begun in I, Claudius, Robert Graves's Claudius the God is a compelling fictional autobiography of the Roman emperor, published with an introduction by Barry Unsworth in Penguin Modern Classics. Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. Here he recounts his surprisingly successful reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the army and the common people to repair the damage caused by Caligula; his relations with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain. But the growing paranoia of absolute power and the infidelity of his promiscuous young wife Messalina mean that his good fortune will not last forever. In this second part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, always inquisitive - brings to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history. If you enjoyed Claudius the God, you might like Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'I, Claudius and Claudius the God are an imaginative and hugely readable account of the early decades of the Roman Empire ... racy, inventive, often comic' Daily Telegraph 'One of the really remarkable books of our day, a novel of learning and imagination, fortunately conceived and brilliantly executed' The New York Times 'Graves made Roman history funny and familiar' Guardian

King Jesus King Jesus AND My Head! My Head!

King Jesus King Jesus AND My Head! My Head!

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2006

This volume brings together two historical novels based upon the Bible. King Jesus is a daring rewriting of the Gospels in the light of Graves's speculations in history and mythology. His Jesus is a charismatic religious reformer dedicated to the ethical and spiritual principles of an austere Judaism and firmly opposed to the legalism of the Temple authorities, the oppressions of imperial Rome and the allure of an older matriarchal goddess cult subtly subverting his ministry. Graves's daring rewriting of the Gospels portrays Jesus as fully human, yet marked with sacred royalty, bent upon a doomed confrontation with external enemies and internal doubts that lead to a conclusion at once inevitable and unexpected. Written in 1925, My Head! My Head! was Robert Graves's first novel - a retelling of the story of Elisha and the Shunamite woman. He amplifies the brief Old Testament story into a series of dramatic encounters between the wandering prophet and his inquisitive, quick-witted hostess, who, by skilful questioning, prizes from Elisha the secret religious history of ancient Israel and the true story of the patriarch Moses. Graves uses the extended dialogue of Elisha and Jochebed to elaborate his own unorthodox theory of the origins of primitive Judaism and the role of Moses in the eventual triumph of the cult of Jahweh over the other desert religions of the time.

The Hebrew Myths The Book of Genesis

The Hebrew Myths The Book of Genesis

Author: Robert Graves, Raphael Patai Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2005

For thirty years Robert Graves and Raphael Patai, one raised a strict Protestant, the other a strict Jew, were close friends and collaborators. That collaboration culminating in the book Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis ; 'we never disagreed on any question of fact or historical assessment'. They collected traditional Hebrew myths that amplify (and sometimes subtly change) stories found in the Book of Genesis . They go beyond the Christian biblical and Judaic versions of Hebrew myth, and use midrashim, folk-tales, apocryphal texts and other sources to nuance, extend and complete the stories. 'Myths are dramatic stories that form a sacred charter either authorising the continuance of ancient institutions, customs, rites and beliefs in the area where they are current, or approving alterations,' says the introduction. Those are the very myths that lie at the base of all the great Semitic monotheistic religions, the myths from which so many of our own structures and concerns spring. Part of the mission of this book is to see through from the authorised Bible texts to the suppressed and censored pre-Biblical accounts. Patai and Graves approach their subject with firm scholarship and informed inference, and as we read we become aware of shadows, colours, intensities, coming back into stories we thought we knew. Like Graves's celebrated The Greek Myths , to which Hebrew Myths serves as a companion volume, this is an invaluable source book and reference tool, but it is also a fascinating text to read sequentially. From it emerges a rich sense of a culture in the making, a culture consisting of oral and literary traditions, where the spiritual is deeply rooted in landscape and history.

Count Belisarius AND Lawrence of the Arabs

Count Belisarius AND Lawrence of the Arabs

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2004

First published in 1938, Count Belisarius is one of Robert Graves's most consistently popular novels. A historical romance of the sixth century AD, this tells the story of Belisarius, the last of the great generals of the Roman Empire, who reconquered Africa and Italy for the emperor in Constantinople, only to be rewarded with suspicion and humiliation. Lawrence and the Arabs also tells of a military hero, but one whom Graves knew personally and who was still living when this first authorized biography was published in 1927. Both as an attempt to tell the story of the Arab Revolt and Lawrence's place in it, and as an installment in the growth of the legend of Lawrence of Arabia, it is an important historical and literary document. Read together, these books show Graves exploring the nature of heroism in a world grown profoundly suspicious of heroes.

The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2003

Graves described poetry as his ruling passion, and for him love was 'the main theme and origin of true poems'. He created a rich mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Intimate yet universal, passionate yet precise, their brilliant alchemy of realism and magic made Graves's poems some of the finest of the last century. In this edition the poems appear without critical apparatus or commentary. The volume represents in its purest form the achievement of Graves's seventy productive years.

Antigua, Penny, Puce Antigua, Penny, Puce AND They Hanged My Saintly Billy

Antigua, Penny, Puce Antigua, Penny, Puce AND They Hanged My Saintly Billy

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2003

The Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr Milton and The Islands of Wisdom edited by Simon Brittan In The story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr. Milton (1943) Robert Graves - half a century before Carol Ann Duffy - creates a Mrs for a famous Mr, a Mr who Graves regards as one of the heinous monsters in the English poetic pantheon. Certainly his Mrs Milton is ill-used by a distended genius. Milton's first wife was sixteen when they married. Milton was after her dowry and when it did not follow he proved a domineering and prig, unresponsive to her sensuousness or her down-to-earth wit. It was a spiritual misalliance, too: her Catholicism sorted ill with his beliefs. The dramatic political and military events of the English civil war touch her life at every point, and we witness the execution of Charles I close up. The depiction of everyday life at the time and the merciless portrait of the young Milton, are spell-binding. The Islands of Unwisdom (1949) is also a true story, but visits a different, very Catholic world, that of the expeditions of the Spanish explorers and discoverers, near contemporaries of Milton but not emancipated by the Reformation, who come unstuck in the New World. Graves reconstructs the ill-fated voyage of Alvaro de Mendana y Neya to find the Solomon Islands, popularly believed to constitute the fabled Land of Ophir, where King Solomon got his legendary wealth. With Don Alvaro sails his wife Ysabel, a key figure in the narrative.

The Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr.Milton AND The Isles of Unwisdom

The Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr.Milton AND The Isles of Unwisdom

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2003

The Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr Milton and The Islands of Wisdom edited by Simon Brittan In The story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr. Milton (1943) Robert Graves - half a century before Carol Ann Duffy - creates a Mrs for a famous Mr, a Mr who Graves regards as one of the heinous monsters in the English poetic pantheon. Certainly his Mrs Milton is ill-used by a distended genius. Milton's first wife was sixteen when they married. Milton was after her dowry and when it did not follow he proved a domineering and prig, unresponsive to her sensuousness or her down-to-earth wit. It was a spiritual misalliance, too: her Catholicism sorted ill with his beliefs. The dramatic political and military events of the English civil war touch her life at every point, and we witness the execution of Charles I close up. The depiction of everyday life at the time and the merciless portrait of the young Milton, are spell-binding. The Islands of Unwisdom (1949) is also a true story, but visits a different, very Catholic world, that of the expeditions of the Spanish explorers and discoverers, near contemporaries of Milton but not emancipated by the Reformation, who come unstuck in the New World. Graves reconstructs the ill-fated voyage of Alvaro de Mendana y Neya to find the Solomon Islands, popularly believed to constitute the fabled Land of Ophir, where King Solomon got his legendary wealth. With Don Alvaro sails his wife Ysabel, a key figure in the narrative.

Homer's Daughter AND The Anger of Achilles

Homer's Daughter AND The Anger of Achilles

Author: Robert Graves, Ian Firla Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2001

We don't know who, or even if, Homer was. Given threads of internal evidence in the Odyssey , Robert Graves invents, or discovers, that the author of the poem was a woman, herself part of the epic action. He chooses the beguiling, clear-headed Nausicaa and re-visions the post-Trojan world through her eyes. This is the theme of Homer's Daughter , one of Graves's most daring fictional acts. The Odyssey has been described as a woman's epic , full of female characters and different in kind and colour from the Illiad with its tight focus, its largely male world, Graves's Nausicaa is brilliant at telling dramatic aplomb. The confrontations in the Council and between Aethon and the suitors are memorably evoked. Nausicaa is a princess of mixed Greek and other ancestry, combining in herself the various cultures that inform the language and folklore of the epic. Graves makes it possible for us to believe that the author told her own story, a true one, buried within the Homeric epic. There is adventure and intrigue; the book stands near the beginning of a tradition that includes Leonardo Sciascia's The Council of Eqypt and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose . Homer's Daughter is reprinted here with Graves's ambitious Trojan novel The Anger of Achilles , which culminates in the death of Hector, emblem of the doom of Troy itself.

Greek Myths

Greek Myths

Author: Robert Graves, Michel W. Pharand Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2001

The Greek Myths has long been among Graves's most popular works, compendious in scope and lively in the telling. No poet of the twentieth century, not even Ezra Pound, was so compendiously learned as Graves in the origins of our Mediterranean cultures. While his approach to myth is original and sometimes contentious, his narrative is always compelling. Graves tells the myths of creation, the origins of the Gods and their lives, the exploits of the heroes and the Trojan War. The retelling is modern but the matter is not modernised: Graves is alive to the vivid otherness of the world he evokes. The Greek Myths are more than cultural archaeology: it recovers the coherence of the ancient world. Graves's organisation and comparisons of sources infer connections, common themes, synergies and tropes; his riskiest conclusions are persuasive because of the energy and penetration of his mind. He sees history, not psychology, through the myths and suggests that they have actual occasions which, in the telling and retelling, became charged spiritually, maturing into the coherence of religion. The Greek Myths, a reference book or as an exploration of our common roots is corrected in a limited edition as part of the Millennium Graves Programme.

The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/2000

Carcanet's Millenium Graves programme culminates in the publication of a limited hardcover edition of The Complete Poems of Robert Graves . The three volume edition was completed in 1999, and with its full scholarly apparatus it ran to in excess of 1,500 pages. This edition of the poems, intended for the general poetry lover and the collector rather than the scholar, provides definitive texts of all the poetry. The volume represents in its purest form the achievement of Graves's 70 productive years.

Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2000

An autobiographical work that describes firsthand the great tectonic shifts in English society following the First World War, Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That is a matchless evocation of the Great War's haunting legacy, published in Penguin Modern Classics. In 1929 Robert Graves went to live abroad permanently, vowing 'never to make England my home again'. This is his superb account of his life up until that 'bitter leave-taking': from his childhood and desperately unhappy school days at Charterhouse, to his time serving as a young officer in the First World War that was to haunt him throughout his life. It also contains memorable encounters with fellow writers and poets, including Siegfried Sassoon and Thomas Hardy, and covers his increasingly unhappy marriage to Nancy Nicholson. Goodbye to All That, with its vivid, harrowing descriptions of the Western Front, is a classic war document, and also has immense value as one of the most candid self-portraits of an artist ever written. Robert Ranke Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, and critic. He is best known for the historical novel I, Claudius and the critical study of myth and poetry The White Goddess. His autobiography, Goodbye to All That, was published in 1929, quickly establishing itself as a modern classic. Graves also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. His translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (with Omar Ali-Shah) is also published in Penguin Classics. If you enjoyed Goodbye to All That, you might like Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'His wonderful autobiography' Jeremy Paxman, Daily Mail

Some Speculations on Literature, History and Religion

Some Speculations on Literature, History and Religion

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2000

This is a collection of Robert Graves' essays, written between 1922 and 1972, on areas of culture which engaged him. They are organized around the thematic categories of literature, history and religion. The collection chronicles Graves' intellectual development by presenting the essays chronologically to show how ideas begin and evolve over half a century. At the same time, the essays demonstrate his eclectic knowledge over a vast range of topics and confirm not only his insights, but also his humour and famous leaps of logic .

Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/1999

The life of Sergeant Roger Lamb, a young Dubliner who had served the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the American War of Independence was the subject of a novelistic enterprise originally published in two parts because of war time paper shortages. The final result is a pair of picaresque novels concerned with the passions and frustrations of a distant war which mirrored many of Graves' own feelings for World War II which was happening around him. As an account of the struggle for independence, the horrors and excitements of war, the two novels were well reviewed and popular when published in the early 1940s. This chance to have both parts of what Graves considered to be a single project in one volume offers the opportunity of access to a literary and historical creation which both opens up the world of the American War of Independence, and the creative life and mind of a great writer of the 20th century.

The White Goddess

The White Goddess

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/1999

This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than fifty years ago, was the outcome of Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explored the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry. This new edition has been prepared by Grevel Lindop, who has written an illuminating introduction. The text of the book incorporates all Graves's final revisions, as well as his replies to two of the original reviewers, and a long essay in which he describes the months of inspiration in which The White Goddess was written.

The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1999

Graves's poems have been re-edited in this volume as part of the Robert Graves Programme. The text restores hundreds of poems that Graves omitted from the canon or overlooked in his continual refinements and, with its scholarly apparatus, should lead to a re-evaluation of his poetic oeuvre.

The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/1997

Graves's poems have been re-edited in this volume as part of the Robert Graves Programme . The text restores hundreds of poems that Graves omitted from the canon or overlooked in his continual refinements and, with its scholarly apparatus, should lead to a re-evaluation of his poetic oeuvre. The poems included here span the years of Graves's relationship with the American poet Laura Riding, the inspiration behind The White Goddess .

The White Goddess

The White Goddess

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/1997

Graves's text has been fully corrected and revised in this volume as part of the Robert Graves Programme . The book describes the dynamic of Graves's creative imagination. Grevel Lindop restores to the text its proper order and adds introductory material, as well as notes. This edition should lead to a re-evaluation of Graves's entire oeuvre.

Complete Short Stories

Complete Short Stories

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/1995

The third title published as part of the Robert Graves Programme. This text is a collection of Graves's stories. Other titles in the series are The Centenary Selected Poems, edited by Patrick Quinn and Collected Writings on Poetry, edited by Paul O'Prey.

The Centenary Selected Poems

The Centenary Selected Poems

Author: Robert Graves Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/1995

Graves's poems have been re-edited in this volume as part of the Robert Graves Programme. These 151 poems allow Graves to speak with his original voice. By including the historical context, this book allows readers to follow the poet's progress from schoolboy to mature writer.

Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

Author: Robert Graves Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1958

I, Claudius

I, Claudius

Author: Robert Graves Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination. But in private, he's as sharp as they come, and keeps a secret history of everything he discovers. Until one day, as one of the few of his family left alive, he's acclaimed Emperor against his will. Can he save Rome from the corruption he's grown to detest? Featuring Derek Jacobi (who won a BAFTA for his performance as Claudius in the acclaimed 1977 BBC television production) as Augustus, and with an all-star cast, this gripping dramatisation will enthral anyone who loves the decadence of Ancient Rome.

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