This is the official website of Richard Perceval Graves - author, lecturer and poet

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An English Upbringing

Richard Perceval Graves's upcoming series of books about his own life and times - which could have been called 'The autobiography of a biographer' - will be gradually appearing online over the next few years. He begins with a striking evocation of a traditional English childhood in that vanished world of the 1940s and 1950s, long before the Internet and social media had altered childhood beyond all recognition. In due course it will be possible to download the first two chapters of Volume 1 for free below.

My Bibliography from 1976 to 2020

I have worked mainly as a literary biographer, my works including lives of The Powys Brothers, Richard Hughes, my uncle Robert Graves, and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).



Richard Perceval Graves is an acclaimed lecturer and writer with more than 20 published books.

He has lectured at leading literary festivals including those at Cheltenham, Hay-on-Wye, Hull and Toronto.

His lectures are lively and stimulating and have often been called ‘charismatic’. His subjects include ‘Changing Perceptions: The Poets and World War One’, which is a vivid and illuminating introduction to the poetry of the First World War. You can read some testimonials from schools here.



Richard's lectures enthuse and connect with audiences of all ages - he is a natural performer at the podium and his subjects include ‘Changing Perceptions: The Poets and World War One’, which is a vivid and illuminating
introduction to the poetry of the First World War.

The standard lecture fee in each case is £1500 plus expenses. A note on fees.


“I write to thank you once again for your talk… It was as insightful as it was imaginative and presented an ‘internal view’ of ….. not often encountered in the rather drier classroom studies. The Sixth Form was… attentive throughout… Subsequently, many have expressed their enjoyment of the talk to me..”

Thank you ever so much for a splendid lecture... I have received a large number of enthusiastic reports from members of the audience who clearly felt inspired and entertained by your analysis of ..............

Your analysis of the literature was fascinating and profoundly insightful. Moreover you managed to hold the concentration of your audience so powerfully. No mean feat...

Your presentation....was just brilliant. [We]...were riveted. It was a most professional and fascinating presentation..

"My aim as a lecturer is not just to tell my audience about the past but to make it live again in front of their eyes."

Bibliography & Memoirs


Richard Perceval Graves is the author of more than 20 published works. Working mainly as a literary biographer, his published works include history, guides to computer programming and a guide for fellow-authors.

Lawrence of Arabia and His World

Thames & Hudson, 1976

The Brothers Powys

Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983

Richard Hughes

Andre Deutsch, 1994

A.E.Housman: The Scholar-Poet

Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983

Changing Perceptions: The Poets of the Great War

Cecil Woolf, 2005

Robert Graves: The Assault Heroic (1895-1926)

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986