Robert Von Ranke Graves

Born: 24 July 1895, Wimbledon, London, U.K.
Died: 3 August 1989, Deja, Majorca
Father: Alfred Perceval Graves
Mother: Amalia Elizabeth Sophie (or Sophia) von Ranke

Married: Annie Mary Prydie Nicholson, 23 January 1918.


Jenny, b. 1919, d. 1964, journalist.
John David, b. 1920, d. 1943 (killed in action).
Catherine, b. 1922.
Samuel, b. 1924, architect.

Married: Beryl Hodge (nee Pritchard), 1950.


William, b. 1940, geologist.
Lucia, b. 1943, translator.
Juan, b. 1944.
Tomas, b. 1953, printer.



Robert Graves went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. His principal calling was poetry. Apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926 he has earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels which include: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Count Belisarius; Wife to Mr Milton; 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. His two most discussed non-fiction books are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarene Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro), a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He has translated Apuleius, Lucan, and Suetonius for the Penguin classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek mythology, The Greek Myths. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961, and became an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971.

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