Robert Graves

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Birthday
24, 1895
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 7, 1985 (90)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
24, 1895
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 7, 1985 (90)

About

Prolific British poet, novelist, translator, and scholar whose works include No More Ghosts and I, Claudius. He was a 1934 recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Before Fame

He was one of five children born to Amalie von Ranke and South London school inspector Alfred Perceval Graves.

Trivia

He suffered from life-threatening lung problems on three occasions: pneumonia at age seven, a war-time injury to the lung, and Spanish influenza in 1918. He survived all three respiratory afflictions despite his doctors' dire predictions.

Family Life

He had eight children between his two marriages to Nancy Nicholson and Beryl Graves. He also had an affair with poet Laura Riding, as well as a sexualized friendship with male poet Siegfried Sassoon.

Associated With

He was shortlisted for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was ultimately awarded to author John Steinbeck.