What Do I Read Next?
Robert Graves' best-known work is his novel I, Claudius (1934). It is told through the eyes of the Roman emperor and is considered to be not just educational but a fast-paced, fun read. Graves followed his story with a sequel, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina.
The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, is a highly biographical 1990 novel about the Vietnam War, with anecdotes about war's insanity that match those that Graves discussed decades earlier.
Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928) is a classic of British literature, and, though out of print in America, still is available through many libraries. Sassoon offers a different perspective on life in the first battalion than what Graves describes.
A Selection of the Poems of Laura Riding, edited by scholar Robert Nye, offers the best that Riding produced in her long lifetime and shows her talent, not just during the time of her relationship with Graves but for decades beyond. It is currently available from Persea Books in a 1997 paperback edition.
One of the great novels to come out of World War I was by a German soldier, Erich Maria Remarque. His novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) examines the insanity and horror that pits young men of different countries against one another and is generally considered a literary classic.
Graves will always be associated with T. E. Lawrence because of the biography that made him famous, Lawrence and the Arabs (1927). Lawrence tells his own story in Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (1926), available in paperback.
Paul Fussell's book The Great War and Modern Memory (1975) won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was recently named one of the one hundred best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by the Modern Library. It contains a lengthy examination of Good-Bye to All That.
Geoffrey Wolff’s Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby (1976) gives the story of a decadent literary life in the 1920s that sounds like the kind of unorthodox situation that Graves might have imagined when he tried to establish a three-person marriage after the war. It is, in fact, the story of the whole postwar counterculture movement in Paris.