Graves, Robert (1895-1985) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Robert Graves (24 July 1895 - 7 December 1985) was an English poet, translator and novelist, his work includes popular historical novels such as I, Claudius, King Jesus, The Golden Fleece, and Count Belisarius.
Born in Wimbledon, Graves received his early education at King's College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon and Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. In 1926 he took up a post at Cairo University.
His translations of Greek mythology are well respected and continue to dominate the English-language market for mythography.
On 11 November 1985, Graves was among 16 Great War poets commemorated on a slate stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey's Poet's Corner. The inscription on the stone was written by friend and fellow Great War poet Wilfred Owen. It reads: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity." Graves was the only poet of the sixteen still living at the time of the commemoration ceremony.
Graves died in December 1985 at the age of 90, following a long illness and gradual mental degeneration. He and his wife are buried in the small churchyard on the hill in Deia, overlooking the sea on the northwest coast of Majorca.