Correspondence of Doubleday & Co.

Scope and Content

Doubleday & Co. published a number of Graves's books in the US. The bulk of the correspondence is from Ken McCormick, Doubleday's editor-in-chief, discussing the works which they publish for Graves and, inter alia, his lecture tours of America, the American periodicals which publish his poems and short stories, that he should appear on 'The $64,000 Question' quiz show, and the proposed musical 'Solomon and Sheba'. Letter dated 14 July 1961 concerning Bod Considine and Graves's poem 'Considine' is a photocopy. Letter dated 10 March 1977 is sent in McCormick's capacity as a consultant for the Franklin Library which is considering publishing a signed leather-bound edition of 'I, Claudius'. The series also includes: one letter from Lee Barker on the possibility of Graves leaving the Creative Age Press (26 October 1949), and two on the subjest of 'The Isles of Unwisdom' (10 March and 4 November 1949); two letters from Jason Epstein concerning the revised edition of 'Goodbye to All That' (25 September 1956 and 22 March 1957), and a [copy, draft or unsent] ts letter from Graves to Epstein concerning 'The Poems of Robert Graves' (30 October 1957); and one letter from Pyke Johnson on the subject of the commercials shown during the television adaptation of 'They Hanged My Saintly Billy' (1 November 1957). Occasionally letters bear draft replies or notes in Graves's hand. There are also: an ms [copy, draft or unsent?] letter from Graves to McCormick, on the subject of 'The Nazarene Gospel Restored' (12 September [1953?], and an ms [copy, draft or unsent?] letter from Graves to Sam Vaughan (17 January 1972) inter alia mentioning 'The Nazarene Gospel Restored'; two letters from Beryl Graves on the subject of the author, ultimately James McKinley, of the introduction to 'New Collected Poems' (26 August 1975 and c1977), and one from her about a signed edition of 'I, Claudius' (c1977).


Canelluñ Collection number: CC0518

This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.

Custodial History

Telegram from Ken McCormick to Graves [17 May 1968] was originally in a file of correspondence from the general public about Graves's translation 'The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayaam'; placed here during cataloguing. [Copy, draft or unsent] letter from Graves to Jason Epstein (30 October 1957) came from a box of "bits" from Graves's bedroom cupboard [WG ref CC6400] as did ms [copy, draft or unsent?] letter from Graves to Sam Vaughan (17 January 1972) [WG ref CC6200]..

Related Material

Reference: RG/K/ROK/22; Reference: RG/J/ShahI/145;