Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 7 Dec 1985 (aged 90)
Deià, Provincia de Islas Baleares, Islas Baleares, Spain
Burial Deià, Provincia de Islas Baleares, Islas Baleares, Spain
Memorial ID 6931374 · View Source
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Author, Poet. Born in London, England, he attended Charterhouse School and St John's College, Cambridge University. During the First Word War, he served as a Captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was seriously wounded at the Somme in 1916, and reported dead. During his recovery, he published two collections of poetry, 'Over the Brazier' (1916) and 'Fairies and Fusiliers' (1917). In 1925 he was appointed professor of English literature at Cairo University in Egypt. In 1927, he published 'Lawrence and the Arabs,' which became a commercial success. He wrote his account of the First World War, 'Goodbye To All That' (1929) to critical acclaim. After a move to Majorca, Spain, he produced what are probably his most noted works, 'I, Claudius' and 'Claudius the God' published in 1934. His 'Collected Poems' followed in 1938, the same year the novel 'Count Belisarius ' appeared. He returned to England in 1939, publishing such works as 'Sergeant Lamb's America' (1940); 'Wife to Mr. Milton: The Story of Marie Powell' (1943) and 'The Golden Fleece' (1944). In 1946, he returned to Spain, eventually publishing both scholarly and commercial works such as 'The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth' (1948); 'The Isles of Unwisdom' (1949); 'The Greek Myths' (2 vol, 1955); 'Greek Gods and Heroes' (1960); and 'The Siege and Fall of Troy' (1962). Between 1961 and 1966 he was a professor of Poetry at Oxford. He refused a CBE that year, stating he did not agree with the British honors system. Beginning in the 1970s, he began to suffer from memory loss, curtailing his ability to write; that decade he published several collections of poetry, and by 1975 he had published in total more than 140 works. His last publication was the novel, 'An Ancient Castle' (1980). His final years were spent increasingly dependent, and he succumbed to heart failure at age 90.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Graves (24 Jul 1895–7 Dec 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6931374, citing Deià Cemetery, Deià, Provincia de Islas Baleares, Islas Baleares, Spain ; Maintained by Find A Grave .