English poet, novelist, and classicist Robert Graves.

Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985)

Robert Graves volunteered for military service in 1914—wounded in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme—and completed three volumes of poetry before the war ended. He published in 1929 his memoir, Good-bye to All That, where he observes that his father’s side of the family was “antisentimental to the point of insolence,” while his mother’s side was “noble and patient.” Graves published I, Claudius in 1934.

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At the age of four, Robert Graves, having said his evening prayers, asked his mother if she would leave him any money when she died. “If you left me as much as five pounds, I could buy a bicycle,” he reasoned. “Surely you’d rather have me, Robby,” his mother said. “But I could ride to your grave on it,” he replied.

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