A new biography of Robert Graves by Dr Jean Moorcroft-Wilson is due to be published by Bloomsbury in August 2018, covering the years from his birth in London, school at Charterhouse, holidays in Harlech, his service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the First World War, his marriage to Nancy Nicholson, study at Oxford, the arrival of the American poet Laura Riding, departure to Egypt with both women and his and Nancy’s children in 1926 to be a Professor of English at Cairo University, and their return to England. It will also cover their and their circle’s tumultuous relationships in London, until Riding’s jump from a high window and Graves’s eventual departure to Mallorca with Riding, but without Nancy or his children, after writing his autobiography Good-bye To All That at the age of 33.

‘Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-bye To All That 1895-1929’ by Jean Moorcroft-Wilson will be published by Bloomsbury Continuum on 23 August 2018.

Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson is well-known to many WPA members for her writing and lectures and has been described as the ‘doyenne of war poet biographers’. Her publications include biographies of Isaac Rosenberg (on whom she lectures worldwide), Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas and Virginia Woolf. This new biography will cover the whole of the period in which Robert Graves wrote most of his work about war, from the publication of his first book of poetry Over the Brazier in the year of the Battle of the Somme, in which he was severely wounded and left on the battlefield presumed ‘died of wounds’, to that of his famous memoir of the war, Good-bye To All That.

Publishers Bloomsbury Continuum are offering a pre-publication discount of 10% on the hardback price of £25, for copies ordered directly from them. In a rather Catch-22 move for books costing £25, orders over £25 are post-free. Order 2 copies post-free for £45 or one for £22.50 plus postage, at https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/robert-graves-9781472929143.

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