Correspondence of the Creative Age Press

Scope and Content

The Creative Age Press published 'Wife to Mr Milton' (1944), 'Hercules, My Shipmate' ['The Golden Fleece'] (1945), 'Poems 1938-1945' (1945), 'King Jesus' (1946), 'The White Goddess' (1948), 'Watch the North Wind Rise' (1949), and 'Occupation Writer' in the US. The correspondence is divided into three sequences. The first is principally with Eileen Garrett, president of the Creative Age Press. Some correspondence is on the letterhead of the magazine 'Tomorrow', also owned by Garrett, and her final letter (1969) is on the letterhead of the Parapsychology Foundation. This sequence includes correspondence from Robert Knittell, editor at the Press; ts letter from the Hudson Shipping Co. detailing the contents of food parcels sent by Garratt (16 August 1946); ts copy letter Garrett to 'Peter' (3 December 1948); ts letter from Martin Ebon at 'Tomorrow' suggesting Graves write an article about poetry received through a psychic medium (1 July 1955). The second sequence is the correspondence of H.D. Vursell, vice-president of the Creative Age Press (1946 to 1950); the series includes his copy correspondence with MCA Management Ltd (1948) and A.P. Watt (1948). The third sequence contains correspondence and copy correspondence between H.D. Vursell, Laura (Riding) Jackson and Graves concerning 'The Common Asphodel' and rights to the material to be included.


Arranged in chronological order by correspondent, with some other correspondents interleaved.


Canelluñ Collection number: CC0511

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

Appraisal Information


Custodial History

The material originally filed in bundle of material concerning Laura Riding [WG ref CC0450 and CC0451]; placed here to reconcile the correspondence. Second leaf of ts letter from Robert Knittel to Graves (10 December 1946) orginally filed with Robert Knittel's personal correspondence [RG/J/KnittelR] [WG ref CC0720], possibly because it bears an ms postscript; placed here during cataloguing to reconcile the correspondence.

Related Material

Reference: RG/K/KJ; Reference: RG/J/KnittelR; Reference: RG/J/Riding;