The Long Weekend and the Reader Over Your Shoulder (Robert Graves Programme) (Paperback)

By Robert Graves, Michelle Ephraim (Editor), Alan Hodge (Editor)

Carcanet Press, 9781857546644, 440pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2006



This contemporary edition makes available two of Graves's pieces of non-fiction that haave not been widely available since their original printing during the 1940s. In addition to the original text, this volume includes a substantial introduction that provides background information and literary criticism. The volume will be of use to students studying Graves as well as to scholars seeking both clean and durable editions of these previously obscure texts and analytical commentary from a literary scholar. As a companion piece to Graves's famous autobiography Goodbye to All That, this volume gives a broader perspective on the writer's understanding of WWI, its impact on English culture and his views on contemporary writing in England.

About the Author

Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic, was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Athough he produced over 100 books he is perhaps best known for the novel I, Claudius (1934), The White Goddess (1948) and Greek Myths (1955). He was born in Wimbledon, South London. His father, Alfred Percival Graves, was a school inspector, and his mother, Amalie von Ranke Graves, was a great-niece of the German historian Leopold von Ranke (1795-1866). He was educated at Charterhouse, and awarded a B.Litt by St. John's College, Oxford after his return from World war I, where he served alsongside Siegfried Sassoon. Robert Graves died in 1985 in Deja, the Majorcan village he had made his home (with the exception of the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War) since 1929.Michelle Ephraim has published articles on topics such as the representation of Jewish women in Elizabethan literature, Shakespeare, and pedagogy. She is currently writing a book about dramatic adaptations of biblical narratives in early modern England.