Robert Graves was an English poet, novelist and classical scholar. Mostly known for his books I, Claudius and Claudius the God he was also a renowned poet. He had to write the books to make a living. In 1929 Graves left England with his then mistress, Laura Riding. His wife and four children stayed behind. He found a place that he loved in Deià, in Majorca and has made this village known as a place for writers and artists even today. Many famous people visited him here both from the literary world and the film industry. He built a lovely house, overlooking the sea, surrounded by a wonderful garden, which is now a beautiful museum, La Casa de Robert Graves, or Ca N’Alluny, which is the Spanish name. (Yes, a lot of positive adjectives, at least I managed to use three different).
|Robert Grave's study|
It is a wonderful museum, very interesting and the objects displaced is not more than you have time to go through. After the visit you can make a tour in the garden, or before for that matter. Now (mid-April) is a perfect time, and you see the orange, lemon and lime trees, colourful flowers and the beginning of the vegetable garden. The view can make you loose the time.
|One of Laura Ridings offices|
Robert Graves died in Deià in 1985. He is buried in the little church, high on a hill in the village, overlooking the sea. On his stone it is written by hand:
24/7/1895 - 7/12/1985
|Bookcase in Robert Grave's study|
Miranda Seymour's book on the left
fourth row to the right
That is how he wanted it. If you want to read more I can recommend Miranda Seymour’s biography Robert Graves Life on the Edge. The book, if you search for it, can also be found on a shelf in the small bookcase in his study.