This week hundreds of scholars, professors, authors and admirers of the late writer and poet Robert Graves will be descending on Palma from all over the world.
Palma.—The reason is that Palma is going to be hosting the twelfth International Robert Graves Conference which has been organised by the Robert Graves Society with the Fundacio Robert Graves and St John’s College Robert Graves Trust.
Robert Graves spent most of his life living at Ca N’Alluny in Deya, where he died on 7 December 1985 and is buried in the small cemetery.
He was a poet, scholar/translator/writer of antiquity specialising in Classical Greece and Rome, novelist and soldier in World War One. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves’s poems - together with his translations and innovative analysis and interpretations of the Greek myths, his memoir of his early life, including his role in the First World War, Good-Bye to All That, and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess - have never been out of print.
He earned his living from writing, particularly popular historical novels such as I, Claudius, King Jesus, The Golden Fleece and Count Belisarius. He also was a prominent translator of Classical Latin and Ancient Greek texts; his versions of The Twelve Caesars and The Golden Ass remain popular, for their clarity and entertaining style. Graves was awarded the 1934 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both I, Claudius and Claudius the God.