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Graves, Robert (1895-1985)

The British Library has an extensive collection of published works by the English writer Robert Graves (1895 - 1985) including many first editions of his famous works. The finding list below, which primarily lists first UK editions of Graves's works in chronological order, is derived from Explore the British Library.

Poems

Fiction

Criticism

Works for children

Biography by Robert von Ranke Graves

Miscellaneous works

Related works

Bibliographies

Other sources of information include the following:

FirstWorldWar.Com: Robert Graves
The Robert Graves Society
The Robert Graves Trust
Morris Library of the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale
University of Otago Library, New Zealand
UK National Register of Archives

Poems

Over the brazier. London: The Poetry Bookshop, 1916. Shelfmark: Cup.403.n.24
Goliath and David. London: Charles Whittingham & Co., [1917]. Shelfmark: 11662.f.16
Fairies and fusiliers. London: William Heinemann, 1917. Shelfmark: Cup.406.g.80
Treasure box. [Illustrated by Nancy Nicholson.] London: Chiswick Press, [1920]. Presentation copy from the author and the illustrator to Max and Florence Beerbohm. Shelfmark: Cup.400.a.27
Country sentiment. London: Martin Secker, 1920. Shelfmark: 011648.f.153
The Pier-glass. London: Martin Secker, 1921. Shelfmark: 011650.g.74
Whipperginny. London: William Heinemann, 1923. Shelfmark: Cup.406.g.81
The Feather bed. Richmond: L. & W. Woolf, 1923. Shelfmark: Cup.510.afa.12
Mock Beggar Hall, etc. [Sketches in prose and verse.] London: L. & V. Woolf, 1924. Shelfmark: 11643.dd.12
Welchman's hose. Wood engravings by Paul Nash. London: The Fleuron, 1925. Shelfmark: 11645.d.50
Robert Graves. [Twenty-three poems.] London: E. Benn, [1925]. (Augustan books of modern poetry). Shelfmark: 11605.cc.12/16
The Marmosite's miscellany. By John Doyle [pseud., i.e. Robert Graves.] London: L. & V. Woolf, 1925. Shelfmark: 11643.d.21
Poems, 1914-26. London: William Heinemann, 1927. Shelfmark: 011645.i.9
Poems, 1929. London: Seizin Press, 1929. Shelfmark: Cup.510.bab.3
Ten poems more. Paris: Hours Press, 1930. Privately printed. Shelfmark: Cup.510.f.9
Poems, 1926-1930. London: William Heinemann, 1931. Shelfmark: 11644.k.42
To whom else? Deya, Majorca: Seizin Press, 1931. Shelfmark: Cup.510.bab.4
Poems, 1930-1933. London: Arthur Barker, 1933. Shelfmark: 011641.e.6
Collected poems. London: Cassell & Co., 1938. Shelfmark: 2290.h.14
No more ghosts. London: Faber & Faber, 1940. Shelfmark: 11656.1.22
Work in hand. Alan Hodge, Norman Cameron, Robert Graves. London: Hogarth Press, 1942. (New Hogarth library, vol. 6). Shelfmark: W.P.11017/6
Robert Graves. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, [1943]. (Augustan poets). Shelfmark: 11606.b.37/6
Poems, 1938-1945. London: Cassell & Co., 1946. Shelfmark: 11657.ee.89
Collected poems, 1914-1947. London: Cassell & Co., 1948. Shelfmark: 11612.l.12
Poems and satires, 1951. London: Cassell & Co., 1951. Shelfmark: 11659.aa.102
Poems, 1953. London: Cassell & Co., 1953. Shelfmark: 11659.df.20
To Magdalena Mulet, Margita Mora & Lucia Graves. May 4th, 1954. [Deya, Majorca, 1954. A single sheet folder containing a poem, with a Spanish translation. Shelfmark: Cup.503.k.19
Poems selected by himself. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1957. (Penguin poets no. D39). Shelfmark: 12208.a.6/39
Collected poems, 1959. London: Cassell, 1959. Shelfmark: 11600.e.3
More poems, 1961. London: Cassell, 1961. Shelfmark: 011388.cc.45
Collected poems. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1961. Shelfmark: 11600.cc.32
New poems, 1962. London: Cassell, 1962. Shelfmark: 11484.fff.43
The More deserving cases: eighteen old poems for reconsideration. [Marlborough]: Marlborough College Press, 1962. Shelfmark: Cup.510.bag.1
Man does, woman is. London: Cassell, 1964. Shelfmark: X.909/1595
Love respelt. [Illustrations by Aemilia Laracuen.] Reproduced in facsimile from the author's manuscript. London: Cassell & Co., 1965. Shelfmark: Cup.501.bb.31
Collected poems, 1965. London: Cassell, 1965. Shelfmark: X.909/5318
Seventeen poems missing from 'Love respelt'. Barnet: Printed at the Stellar Press, 1966. Privately printed. Shelfmark: Cup.510.aa.6
Colophon to 'Love respelt'. Barnet: Privately printed, 1967. Shelfmark: Cup.510.aa.9
Poems, 1965-1968. London: Cassell, 1968. Shelfmark: X.909/14909
Robert Graves: poems about love. London: Cassell, 1969. Shelfmark: X.900/4491
Beyond giving: poems. London: Distributed by Bernard Rota (Publishing), 1969. Privately printed. Shelfmark: Cup.510.aa.12
Poems, 1968-1970. London: Cassell, 1970. Shelfmark: X.989/8366
The Green-sailed vessel. London: Bertram Rota, 1971. Privately printed. Signed by the author. Shelfmark: Cup.510.aa.13
Corgi modern poets in focus: 3. Edited by Dannie Abse. London: Transworld Publishers, 1971. Features 6 poets including Graves. Shelfmark: X.0907/132
Poems, 1970-1972. London: Cassell, 1972. Shelfmark: X.989/19247
Timeless meeting. London: Distributed by Bertram Rota, 1973. Shelfmark: X.981/4305
At the gate. London: Bertram Rota, 1974. Shelfmark: C.109.q.7
Collected poems, 1975. London: Cassell, 1975. Shelfmark: X.989/50617
Two poems. With a Dutch translation by Willem Kramer. [Santpoort]: Mercator, 1982. Shelfmark: Cup.408.u.24
Eleven songs. Deya, Majorca: New Seizin Press, 1983. No. 46 of a limited edition of 100 copies, signed by the printers and by the illustrator. Shelfmark: X.950/41076
Robert Graves: the centenary selected poems. Edited by Patrick Quinn. Manchester: Carcanet, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1995.a.2646
The Complete poems in one volume. Edited by Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward. Manchester: Carcanet, 2000. Shelfmark: YC.2000.a.13760. Previously published in 3 vols: Vol. 1, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1997.a.656. Vol. 2, 1997. Shelfmark: YK.1997.a.6765. Vol. 3, 1999. Shelfmark: YC.1999.a.6278

Fiction

My head! My head!: being the history of Elisha and the Shunamite woman; with the history of Moses as Elisha related it, and her questions put to him. London: Martin Secker, 1925. Shelfmark: NN.10842
The Shout. London: Mathews & Marrot, 1929. (Woburn books, no.16). Shelfmark: 12627.r.4/16
No decency left. By Barbara Rich [pseud., i.e. Laura Riding and Robert Graves]. London: Jonathan Cape, 1932. Shelfmark: NN.20588
The Real David Copperfield. By [i.e. rewritten by] Robert Graves. London: Arthur Barker, 1933. Shelfmark: 012603.dd.29
I, Claudius: from the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, etc. London: Arthur Barker, 1934. Shelfmark: 012614.dd.41
Claudius the God and his wife Messalina, etc. [A sequel to I, Claudius.] London: Arthur Barker, 1934. Shelfmark: 12601.s.19
Antigua, Penny, Puce. Deya, Majorca: Seizin Press; London: Constable & Co., 1936. Shelfmark: NN.26401
Count Belisarius. London: Cassell & Co., 1938. Shelfmark: 012642.a.59
Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth. London: Methuen & Co., 1940. Shelfmark: NN.31902
Proceed, Sergeant Lamb. London: Methuen & Co., 1941. Shelfmark: NN.32274
The Story of Marie Powell, wife to Mr Milton...With......... plates. London: Cassell & Co., 1943. Shelfmark: 10858.a.53
The Golden fleece. London: Cassell & Co., 1944. Shelfmark: NN.35017
Hercules, my shipmate. New York: Creative Age Press, [1945]. Shelfmark: Nov.24397
King Jesus. London: Cassell & Co., 1946. Shelfmark: NN.36639
Seven days in New Crete. London: Cassell & Co., 1949. Shelfmark: NN.39890
The Isles of Unwisdom. London: Cassell & Co., 1950. Shelfmark: NNN.478
Homer's daughter. London: Cassell & Co., 1955. Shelfmark: NNN.5911
Catacrok! mostly stories, mostly funny. London: Cassell & Co., 1956. Shelfmark: 12332.ff.40
They hanged my Saintly Billy. [On William Palmer of Rugeley.] London: Cassell & Co., 1957. Shelfmark: 6060.b.17
Collected short stories. London: Cassell, 1965. Shelfmark: X.908/6562
Complete short stories. Edited by Lucia Graves. Manchester: Carcanet, 1995. Shelfmark: Nov.1996/109

Criticism

On English poetry: being an irregular approach to the psychology of this art, etc. London: William Heinemann, 1922. Shelfmark: 011850.aaa.12
Poetic unreason, and other studies. London: Cecil Palmer, 1925. Shelfmark: 011840.b.13
Contemporary techniques of poetry: a political analogy. London: L. & V. Woolf, 1925. (Hogarth essays, no. 8). Shelfmark: 012359.b.4/8
Another future of poetry. [A reply to R. C. Trevelyan's Thamyris; or, is there a future for poetry?] London: L. & V. Woolf, 1926. (Hogarth essays, no. 18) Shelfmark: 012359.b.4/18
Impenetrability: or, the proper habit of English. London: L. & V. Woolf, 1926. (Hogarth essays, second series, no. 3). Shelfmark: 012359.b.4.a/3
Survey of modernist poetry. By Laura Riding and Robert Graves. London: William Heinemann, 1927. Shelfmark: 011824.cc.11
A Pamphlet against anthologies. Laura Riding and Robert Graves. London: Jonathan Cape, 1928. Shelfmark: 011840.cc.43
Epilogue: a critical summary. Editor: Laura Riding. Assistant editor: Robert Graves. 3 vols. Deya, Majorca: Seizin Press; London: Constable & Co., 1935-1937. Shelfmark: P.P.5939.beh
The Common asphodel: collected essays on poetry, 1922-1949. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949. Shelfmark: 11868.b.37
The Crowning privilege: the Clark Lectures, 1954-1955. Also various essays on poetry and sixteen new poems. London: Cassell & Co., 1955. Shelfmark: 12361.g.31
The Crane bag and other disputed subjects. London: Cassell, 1969. Shelfmark: X.909/17386
Difficult questions, easy answers. London: Cassell, 1972. Shelfmark: X.989/19879
Collected writings on poetry. Edited by Paul O'Prey. Manchester: Carcanet, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1995.a.3099
Some speculations on literature, history and religion. Edited by Patrick Quinn. Manchester: Carcanet, 2000. Shelfmark: YC.2000.a.9851

Works for children

The Penny fiddle: poems for children. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. London: Cassell, 1960. Shelfmark: 12843.a.29
The Siege and fall of Troy. Illustrated by Walter Hodges. London: Cassell, 1962. Shelfmark: 12993.dd.20
The Big green book. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. [New York]: Cromwell - Collier Press, 1962. (Modern masters books for children). Shelfmark: 12844.gg.1/6
Ann at Highwood Hall: poems for children. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. London: Cassell, 1964. Shelfmark: 12846.h.10
Two wise children. Pictures by Ralph Pinto. [New York]: Quist Publishing, 1967. Shelfmark: X.990/1219
Die arm seun en sy ster... Met illustrasies deur Alice Meyer-Wallace. [Translated by Chris van Lille.] Kaapstad & Pretoria: Human & Rousseau, [1969]. Shelfmark: X.990/5340
Poems, abridged for dolls and princes. London: Cassell, 1971. Shelfmark: X.989/13554
An Ancient castle. Illustrated by Elizabeth Graves. London: Peter Owen, 1980. Shelfmark: X.990/16988

Biography by Robert Graves

Lawrence and the Arabs, etc. [With plates and maps.] London: Jonathan Cape, 1927. Shelfmark: 010815.df.22

Miscellaneous works

The Meaning of dreams. London: Cecil Palmer, 1924. Shelfmark: 08465.df.23
John Kemp's wager: a ballad opera. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1925. (British Drama League library of modern British drama, no.11.) Shelfmark: X.984/28092(11)
The English ballad: a short critical survey. London: Ernest Benn, 1927. Shelfmark: 011604.g.50
Lars Porsena: or, the future of swearing and improper language. London: Kegan Paul, 1927. (To-day and to-morrow). Shelfmark: 012201.a.1/44. Revised version published as The Future of swearing and improper language. 1936. (To-day, to-morrow and after). Shelfmark: W.P.6943/2
Good-bye to all that: an autobiography. London: Jonathan Cape, 1929. Shelfmark: X.989/8640
Focus. [A privately printed periodical.] No. 1-4. [Deya, Majorca], 1935. With contributions by Robert Graves. This copy is inscribed: Presented to the British Museum by Robert Graves, 1965. Shelfmark: Cup.503.k.23
The Long week-end: a social history of Great Britain, 1918-1939. By Robert Graves and Alan Hodge. London: Faber and Faber, 1940. Shelfmark: 10353.b.44
The Reader over your shoulder: a handbook for writers of English prose. By Robert Graves & Alan Hodge. London: Jonathan Cape, 1943. Shelfmark: 11865.g.2
The White goddess: a historical grammar of poetic myth. London: Faber & Faber, 1948. Shelfmark: 12451.bb.18
Occupation: writer. [A collection of short stories, plays and essays.]. New York: Creative Age Press, 1950. Shelfmark: Cup.402.c.34
The Nazarene Gospel restored. By Robert Graves and Joshua Podro. London: Cassell & Co., 1953. Shelfmark: 3054.c.11
The Crowning privilege: the Clark Lectures, 1954-1955. Also various essays on poetry and sixteen new poems. London: Cassell & Co, 1955. Shelfmark: 12361.g.31
Adam's rib and other anomalous elements in the Hebrew creation myth. With wood engravings by James Metcalf. Clairvaux: Trianon Press, 1955. Shelfmark: 3155.l.71
The Greek myths. 2 vols. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1955. (Penguin books, no. 1026, 1027.) Shelfmark: 12208.a.1/1026,1027
Jesus in Rome: a historical conjecture. By Robert Graves and Joshua Podro. London: Cassell & Co., 1957. Shelfmark: 04227.k.2
Steps: stories, talks, essays, poems, studies in history. London: Cassell, 1958. Shelfmark: 12362.bbb.1
5 pens in hand. [Essays, stories and poems.] Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1958. Shelfmark: 11614.b.19
Food for centaurs: stories, talks, critical studies, poems. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1960. Shelfmark: X.989/78052
Myths of Ancient Greece. Illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe. London: Cassell, 1961. Shelfmark: X.100/1775
Selected poetry and prose of Robert Graves. Chosen, introduced and annotated by James Reeves. London: Hutchinson Educational, 1961. (Hutchinson English texts.) Shelfmark: W.P.16559/7
Oxford addresses on poetry. London: Cassell, 1962. Shelfmark: 011879.w.46
Nine hundred iron chariots. The twelfth Arthur Dehon Little Memorial Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered on May 14, 1963. [Cambridge, Mass: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 1963]. Shelfmark: X.909/22085
Hebrew myths: the Book of Genesis. By Robert Graves and Raphael Patai. London: Cassell, 1964. Shelfmark: X.100/1309
Oratio Creweiana, MDCCCC LX1V. Oxford: Printed at the University Press, [1964]. Latin text with an English paraphrase. Shelfmark: X.519/10397
Majorca observed. [Illustrations by Paul Hogarth. With a portrait.] London: Cassell, [1965]. Shelfmark: X.800/731
Mammon and the Black Goddess. London: Cassell, 1965. Shelfmark: X.909/4197
Mammon. Oration delivered at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Friday, 6 December 1963. [London]: London School of Economics & Political Science, 1964. Shelfmark: X.519/56
"John Masefield, O. M. 1885-1967", (Address given by Mr Robert Graves at the memorial service to John Masefield, June 20th, 1967), in Westminster Abbey occasional paper, no. 18, Nov 1967, pp. 17-20. Shelfmark: Cup.503.k.21(2)
Poetic craft and principle: lectures and talks. London: Cassell, 1967. Shelfmark: X.909/9950
The Song of Songs: text and commentary. Illustrated by Hans Erni. London & Glasgow: Collins, 1973. Shelfmark: X.203/547
In broken images: selected letters of Robert Graves 1914-1946. Edited, with a commentary, by Paul O'Prey. London: Hutchinson, 1982. Shelfmark: X.950/14574
Between moon and moon: selected letters of Robert Graves 1946-1972. Edited, with a commentary, by Paul O'Prey. London: Hutchinson, 1984. Shelfmark: X.950/38423
Life of the poet Gnaeus Robertulus Gravesa. Coloured illustrations by Alice Meyer Wallace. DeiĆ : New Seizin Press, 1995. Shelfmark: RF.2002.a.102

Related works

Frank Swinnerton. The Georgian literary scene. London: William Heinemann, 1935. Shelfmark: 11856.bbb.27
Thomas Edward Lawrence. T. E. Lawrence to his biographer, Robert Graves: information about himself, in the form of letters, notes and answers to questions. Edited with a critical commentary [by R. Graves]. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1938. Shelfmark: 10922.cc.1
Laura Riding. The World and ourselves. [Letters about the world situation from 65 people of various professions. Edited with a commentary by L. Riding]. London: Chatto & Windus, 1938. (Epilogue, vol. 4). Shelfmark: 12358.e.23
J.M. Cohen. Robert Graves. Edinburgh & London: Oliver & Boyd, 1960. (Writers and critics) Shelfmark: 11807.a.9/4
Jim MacKinley. "Playboy interview: Robert Graves. A candid conversation with the venerable poet, author, critic and mythologist", extracted from Playboy, December 1970, pp. 103-116. Shelfmark: X.902/2375
John W. Presley. The Robert Graves manuscripts and letters at Southern Illinois University: an inventory. Troy, N.Y.: Whitston, 1976. Shelfmark: X.981/13106
Martin Seymour-Smith. Robert Graves: his life and work. London: Hutchinson, 1982. Shelfmark: X.950/14573. Revised and extended edition. London: Bloosmbury, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1996.b.508
Richard Perceval Graves. Robert Graves: the assault heroic 1895-1926. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986. Shelfmark: YH.1987.b.285
Richard Perceval Graves. Robert Graves: the years with Laura, 1926-40. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1990. Shelfmark: YH.1990.b.240
Deborah Baker. In extremis: the life of Laura Riding. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1993. Shelfmark: YK.1995.b.918
William Graves. Wild olives: life in Majorca with Robert Graves. London: Hutchinson, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1995.b.6350
Miranda Seymour. Robert Graves: life on the edge. London: Doubleday, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1996.b.268
Richard Perceval Graves. Robert Graves and the White Goddess, 1940-85. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995. Shelfmark: YC.1995.b.5758

Bibliographies

Fred H. Higginson. A Bibliography of the works of Robert Graves. London: Vane, 1966. Shelfmark: 2785.ct.30. Second edition published as A Bibliography of the writings of Robert Graves. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1987. Shelfmark: 2725.e.116
Hallman Bell Bryant. Robert Graves: an annotated bibliography. New York; London: Garland, 1986. (Garland reference library of the humanities, vol. 671). Shelfmark: 2725.d.742