Robert Graves papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert Graves papers
Date
1953-1957, 1985
Creator
Hammer, Victor Karl, 1882-1967
Extent
0.1 Cubic feet
Subjects
Literature--Translations.
Printing--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2011MS094: [identification of item], Robert Graves papers, 1953-1957, 1985, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a renowned English poet, translator and novelist, whose major works include Goodbye to All That, I, Claudius, and Claudius and God. Graves fought as an infantry captain in France during World War One. Following the war he married, Nancy Nicholson, with whom he had a turbulent marriage that produced four children. He had a long relationship with American poet Laura Riding Jackson in the 1920s and 1930s. Eventually, he permanently settled in Majorca and married Beryl Hodge in 1950.
Victor Karl Hammer (1882-1967) was an Austrian-born American painter, sculptor, printer, and typographer. After fleeing Nazi Austria in 1939, Victor Hammer eventually settled in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was the artist in residence at Transylvania University. He married to Carolyn Reading in 1955. Carolyn Reading Hammer was the University of Kentucky's Curator of Rare Books and the founder of the King Library Press.
The Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky by Burton Milward From The Kentucky Review, Volume XI, Number 3, Autumn 1992, pp. 5-27. Copyright © 1992 by the University of Kentucky Libraries
Scope and Content
The Rober Graves papers consist of correspondence between Victor Hammer and Robert Graves and a letter from Victor Hammer to Carolyn Reading all concerning translating passages from Hesiod's works. Included in the correspondence are several annotated passages from Hesiod's Theogony. Additionally, the collection contains several newspaper clippings pertaining to the deaths of Robert Graves and Laura Riding Jackson.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Victor Hammer correspondence,, 1953-1957, undated

  • Folder 1
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Carolyn Reading letter,, 1954

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Newspaper clippings,, 1985, undated

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