'A Journey to Paradise'

Scope and Content

Ms and ts drafts of Graves's article 'A Journey to Paradise', published in 'Holiday' (August 1962). The series also includes fragments of drafts of Graves's 1960 address to the Oxford University Humanist Group entitled 'The Poet's Paradise' which he re-worked for this article. Graves writes about his experience of taking hallucinogenic mushrooms with Gordon Wasson, about the ritual divinatory use of the mushrooms in the traditional religion of Mexico, and about the representations of paradise in religion and mythology.


Drafts arranged in approximate chronological order.


Canelluñ Collection number: CC1760

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

Custodial History

Graves clearly drew on his earlier lecture 'The Poet's Paradise' in writing this essay, see RG/H/PP. The two works were stored in the same box file in Graves's bedroom cupboard, and material arrived in some disorder.

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Reference: RG/H/PP; Association: see also;

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