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Gravesiana‘s Editor Michael Joseph gives this one-word title to his introduction, below, to his latest number of the journal. It is an appropriate word to use. As Michael writes, edited here only for this website introduction, the bi-ennial conference of the Society was cancelled this September due to travel and other restrictions imposed by the respiratory virus pandemic COVID-19.

It had been our hope that Gravesiana would contribute to the buffet of intellectual and sensual pleasures provided by our President, Charles Mundye, Honorary President, William Graves, and more administrative ones provided by Patrick Villa for the Society and our conference planning friends at St John's College, Oxford. Now we hope it will serve as a partial distraction if not a consolation for their absence. 

We could call this issue the pandemic issue, and, although it wasn’t planned as such, we could point out that many of our articles either have a crisis at their core, probably unsurprising given that they are mostly focused on the life and career of a poet: one who recalled the Irish apothegm, ‘It is death to mock a poet. It is death to love a poet. It is death to be a poet’.  

However, since life must not always be contemplated head in hands, we begin the issue with a crisis-free offering by Dunstan Ward, who shares his experiences of editing and compiling the magisterial three volume Complete Poems he produced with Beryl Graves and was published (1995-1999) by Carcanet Press. 

Alicja Bemben presents the first of our crisis essays, ‘Straddling the Fence’, a virtuoso analysis of the Claudius novels drawing on the historiographical methodology of the American historian, Hayden White. She examines Claudius’s contrasting representations of history, beginning with ontological assumptions that would undoubtedly have been familiar to Graves’s ancestor, Leopold Von Ranke. 

Rather than our continuing to give this précised version of Michael’s superb introduction to the journal number and its distinguished contributors, however, we invite you to click on the link below and read his introduction in full. You will not be disappointed! 

Finally, as Michael writes too, stay safe; stay sane. We look forward to seeing you next year.

For this latest issue of Gravesiana its editor, Michael Joseph of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA has (as he writes in his introduction at p.456, below) diverged from tradition by giving the issue a title, "Movement", which will help to give it shape and distinction. 

"Movement", as Michael writes, is the belated Summer issue of Gravesiana (4.3), a between-conferences issue, deriving itself from work generated outside the tidal force of the conferences’ overarching discourses. Longtime members of the Society and readers of Gravesiana will sense a retrospective vibe here in the concentration on the life and works of the friends and associates of Robert Graves.

Michael puts this statement into an historical context in his editorial introduction and you are invited to read further about the reasons there and to enjoy this latest issue of the Journal of the Robert Graves Society.

As the centenary anniversaries of the First World War continue, much of Gravesiana: The Journal of the Robert Graves Society is devoted to the theme of Robert Graves's experience of war, and this is reflected in this new Summer 2017 issue of the journal. A variety of other content is also to be found here, including poems by Ruth Fainlight and an interview with the poet by Charles Mundye, and Frank Kersnowki's memories of Summer visits to Robert Graves and other poets, a recorded version of which is also on YouTube, at

Please also see Michael Joseph's editorial statements and the list of contents at page 350 for further information about the themes of this new issue of Gravesiana. 

In addition we welcome Gravesiana's new Editor, Michael Joseph of Rutgers University, New Bruswick, USA, and at the same time thank the previous Editor, Professor Dunstan Ward, for his many years of service to the journal and to Robert Graves studies more generally, in particular his and Beryl Graves's editorship of Robert Graves: Complete Poems (Carcanet, 1997-2001)Dunstan remains a member of the Editorial Board of Gravesiana.

To view the journal, click on its title (in brown text) above and then on 'Download PDF' against any title on the 'list of contents' page which should appear below. 

Please note that this issue of Gravesiana is still in the process of being published (as at 8 July 2017) and its content may still be added or amended during the next week or so. 

With the centenary of the First World War, the Summer 2014 issue of Gravesiana is devoted to the theme of Robert Graves's experience of war. Please see Dunstan Ward's Editorial at page 5 and the list of contents at page 1 for further information about this theme and the current issue.

To view this latest issue, click on its title (in brown text) above and then on 'Download PDF' against any title on the 'list of contents' page which should appear below.

Welcome to this latest issue of Gravesiana, the journal of the Robert Graves Society, which is published annually online as an electronic journal. Access at is available to members of the Society who register online by clicking on 'Register' at the top of most pages of this website.




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