Home icon. The Works of Robert Graves. Exhibition: 1 April to 17 June 2011.

Cabinet 3: First Offerings

Over the Brazier.

Robert Graves, Over the Brazier. 1st ed. London: Poetry Bookshop, 1916.

Through the efforts of his father, Graves was able to get Over the Brazier, his first poetry book, published by Harold Monro, owner of The Poetry Bookshop, London.

Appearing on 1 May 1916, with an image of Menin Gate by Claud Lovat Fraser on the cover, it contained poems on the war, and childhood reflections. It did receive notice, with a reviewer from the Times Literary Supplement finding the war poems full of ‘repelling rawness and… blunt familiarity’

Special Collections has a second, scarce copy of this work, carrying Fraser’s blue-black image only on the cover.