Robert Graves Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Robert Graves Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The novels of Robert Graves are usually a curious combination of detective work in history, legend, or myth and a considerable gift for narration. Graves never claimed any particular ability to invent plots, but he could flesh out imaginatively the skeletal remains of adventures he discovered in the past. Thus, the emperor Claudius lives again as the gossipy information in the works of Suetonius and other Roman chroniclers passes through Graves’s shaping imagination. Sometimes, as in King Jesus, a traditional tale takes on a startling new dimension through an unconventional combination with other legendary material.

My Head! My Head!

Graves’s first attempt at converting ancient history or...

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