Robert Graves at Oxford

Robert Graves first visited Oxford in 1913 as an eighteen-year-old schoolboy trying for a Classical Scholarship or Exhibition - he was awarded an Exhibition by St. John's - and he last visited Oxford in the summer of 1975 as an old man of 80 for the official opening of a 'Robert Graves room' at his old College. In between times, he had spent part of 1917 in a military hospital in Somerville College; gone up to St. John's immediately after the First World War to read first Classics and then English; and returned in 1961 for a five-year stint as Professor of Poetry. This lecture is a fascinating miscellany of incidents, which also serves as an idiosyncratic introduction to Robert Graves's life and work.

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