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Robert Graves’s Historical Novels


Ian Firla

A collection of essays focusing on Robert Graves’s often neglected novels by some of the leading researchers in Graves studies. Best known as a poet, Graves, in fact, made his living as a novelist. Most of his novels have remained in print since they were first published in the 1930s. Despite their commercial success, they are rarely discussed or researched by academics or their students. This volume aims to begin redressing that neglect and offers a series of essays that give a broad outline to the biographical, historical, and narratological background of his novels.
Contents: Ian Firla: Introduction – Richard Perceval Graves: Robert Graves’s Autobiography: Rewriting Honestly – Ian Firla: The Historical Novels: Motives for an End – Grevel Lindop: ‘A Fine Milesian Tale’: Exploring Robert Graves’s ‘The Shout’ – John Woodrow Presley: Narrative Structure in Robert Graves’s Novels of the 1930s – John Leonard: ‘At What Vantage-Point’: Cultural Relativism and the Novels of Robert Graves.