On july 24 1895 robert graves was born in wimbledon near london his father alfred perceval graves was a gaelic scholar and minor irish poet his mother amalie von ranke graves was a relation of leopold von ranke one of the founding fathers of modern historical studies. Robert graves often stirred controversy in his endeavors as a poet novelist critic mythographer translator and editor stephen spender in the new york times book review characterized graves as a free thinker all of his life graves has been indifferent to fashion and the great and deserved reputation he has is based on his individuality as a poet who is both intensely idiosyncratic and . Robert graves robert graves english poet novelist critic and classical scholar who carried on many of the formal traditions of english verse in a period of experimentation his more than 120 books also include a notable historical novel i claudius 1934 an autobiographical classic of world war i
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