Robert Graves by Miranda Seymour
Life on the Edge

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Chosen by Graves's widow and son and writing with their cooperation, the author presents the first complete and intimate biography of the controversial, mercurial British poet, scholar, and author of I, Claudius, The White Goddess, and Goodbye to All That.
 

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Miranda Seymour is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling works of fiction and nonfiction, including biographies of Mary Shelley, Robert Graves, Henry James, and, most recently, the pioneer French racing driver Helle Nice. She lives in England.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by DOUBLEDAY. 543 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Though Seymour conscientiously refrains from overplaying Riding's significance, the woman takes over the book by sheer force of her oddity, ambition, and passion.

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London Review of Books

The late John Graves, to the idea of whose book upon him Robert Graves responded with a certain sense of depression, was put out when he heard from me that I had been commissioned to write a biography of Robert.

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London Review of Books

Martin Seymour-Smith, Graves’s first biographer and a close friend, traces the demonic bloodlust of the White Goddess all the way back to Graves’s cradle: ‘The infant looked up into its mother’s face, and sensed that – without much ambiguity – she wanted to kill him, and not quickly.’ Miranda Sey...

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The New York Review of Books

In Goodbye to All That (1929) he told the first part of it, up to May 6, 1929, the day on which he left his wife, Nancy Nicholson, and their children and set up house—mostly in Deyá, Majorca—with the American poet and sage Laura Riding (born Laura Reichenthal in New York).

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