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Robert Graves Books In Order

Publication Order of Claudius Books

I, Claudius (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Claudius the God (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sergeant Lamb Books

Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth aka Sergeant Lamb's America (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Proceed, Sergeant Lamb (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

No Decency Left (as by Barbara Rich) (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antigua, Penny, Puce (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Count Belisarius (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wife to Mr. Milton (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Fleece aka Hercules My Shipmate (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Jesus (1946) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Isles of Unwisdom (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Days in New Crete aka Watch the Northwind Rise (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Homer's Daughter (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Hanged My Saintly Billy (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greek Gods and Heroes (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Poetry and Prose (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Siege and Fall of Troy (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Wise Children (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Laius, Iocaste and Oedipus (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Ancient Castle (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Fisher, or the Future of Humour (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eleven songs (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cobalt 60 (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So! You Want to Get Married? (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Anger of Achilies (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapbooks

Poor Boy Who Followed His Star (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Advice from a Mother (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Green Book (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non Fiction Books

The Meaning of Dreams (1924) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Head, My Head (1925) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poetic Unreason and Other Studies (1925) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Bye to All That (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lawrence and the Arabs (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reader Over Your Shoulder (with Alan Hodge) (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Goddess (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Occupation - writer (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nazarene Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro) (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adam's Rib (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crowning Privilege (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Greek Myths: Volume 1 (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Steps (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Greek Myths (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Week End (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Myths of Ancient Greece (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oxford Addresses on Poetry (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hebrew Myths (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Majorca Observed (with Paul Hogarth) (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammon and the Black Goddess (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greek Myths and Legends (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poetic Craft and Principle (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Greek Myths: Volume 2 (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lars Porsena (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Difficult Questions, Easy Answers (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Song of Songs (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Broken Images (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On English Poetry (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life of Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Common Asphodel (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The English Ballad (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Survey of Modernist Poetry (with Laura Riding Jackson) (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Letters: Between Moon and Moon, 1946-72 v. 2 (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conversations with Robert Graves (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life of the poet Gnaeus Robertulus Gravesa (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Use and Abuse of the English Language (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear Robert, Dear Spike (with Spike Milligan) (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter in Majorca (with George Sand) (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Writings on Poetry (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Speculations on Literature, History and Religion (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Poetry: Collected Talks and Essays (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Translating Rome (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Robert Graves was born on July 24, 1895 in Wimbledon. His father, Alfred Perceval Graves was a minor Irish poet and a Gaelic scholar. His mother was Amalie von Ranke and she was closely related to Leopold von Ranke; one of the founder fathers of the recent and modern historical studies. Robert was the 10th kid in the family and he was influenced greatly by the puritanical beliefs of his mother as well as the love of Celtic poetry and myth by his dad. As many young men, he was just greatly interested in mountain climbing and boxing rather than studying. However, his love for poetry, eventually sustained him throughout the adolescence period. In 1913, Robert Graves got a scholarship to further his studies in Oxford, at St. John’s College. He was later enlisted as one of the junior officers in Royal Welch Fusiliers, in August 1914. Robert Graves got injured while fighting the Battle of Loos, in the year 1916. While still recovering, he was able to publish his 1st collection poetry novels, Over Brazier. By the year 1917, he had written a 2-volume fiction autobiography of a Roman emperor, which was broadcasted by BBC. He is well known for his famous series, Claudius. These books have been televised widely thus leading to its popularity.

Robert wrote the first book (I, Claudius) in the series in 1934. He wrote its new edition in the year 1957. Robert Graves is widely-remembered for his love for poetry and also for the times that he got several accolades as an appreciation for his great works. He became a professor of poetry at Oxford and he was also requested to lecture at the prestigious Clark Lectures in Cambridge. Robert was later made member of American Academy of poets and also awarded Queen’s poetry Medal.

Here is a brief description of his 2 early books in Claudius series:

I, Claudius

This is the first book in the Claudius series by Robert Graves. It’s set in the 1st century A.D. in the Rome and is written as autobiographical memoir. I, Claudius revolves around an interesting story about the life of a Roman emperor Claudius. It still stands as one of modern classics of the historical fiction.

Things were quite boring in ancient Rome with no internet, video games or TV. As you read the book, you will discover that the main source of entertainment of the Roman citizens came from watching what imperial family did to one another. There was also the intrigue and crime of shows like The Sopranos. All were the mainly set about betrayal and narcissism of the reality season TV shows. It was just more sex and the region had enough of family dysfunction which made the visitors to look more classy. You could just kick off your own sandals, place up your feet and observe through the window as various people got betrayed, disgraced, murdered, robbed, married, exiled and divorced.

The story has been told from Claudius’ perspective. There was a member of the royal family that survived because he was viewed as an idiot due to his bad leg and the fact that he was a stammer. Part of the reason for this was the fact that he didn’t have enough money for him to be killed for his estate. He was just shunned and forgotten by most of his family members. Claudius becomes the scholar and the historian who documented the bad things that were happening around him as people seek to gain and keep power.

In all his life, Claudius had to deal with 3 emperors; the sullen, noble Augustus, the crazy Caligula and the paranoid Tiberius. Livia, his grandmother was married to Augustus. Augustus ruthlessly manipulated and destroyed her family generations to ensure that his son Tiberius could inherit the throne one day.

This is one of the great books that make Roman history stay alive. Claudius is a very sympathetic narrator. There’s always a streak of the hilarious humor that accompanies all the palace intrigue.

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

This is the second book in the Claudius series by Robert Graves. Robert Graves starts the new tumultuous life of a Roman emperor who just rose to the ranks against all odds. The series captures the splendor, decadence and vitality of Roman world at the point when it was just declining.

Tiberius Claudius rose to the Roman throne in the second installment of Claudius series by Robert Graves. After debacle of the reign of his 3 relatives, Caligula, Tiberius and Augustus, Claudius is just left with the Roman society in a ruin, and his old dream of re-establishing this Republic fades away. In his efforts to re-establish The Roman Empire from the brink disaster, Claudius has to institute many governmental reforms. He’s somehow successful during his 13th year at the helm of the reign, but his efforts are thwarted by corrupt leaders and the behind scenes manipulation by the ruling classes. The chief manipulator was his wife Messalina. Messalina plans his downfall and thus involves herself in extremes which were popular in Caligula’s cohorts. She finally gets what she wanted, thus breaking the heart of Claudius in process. There are many people who truly love Claudius, and even his own grandmother Livia shows him the grudging respect.

The novel was published after the popular I, Claudius and it’s just as interesting as the first book in the series. The book has tried to match the transparent attempt of cashing on previous novel’s success. Robert Graves has made himself a lovable narrator in the Rome Emperor, having trodden and endeared the nervous Claudius to his readers in the first novel. The experience transformed Claudius into a very exceptionally able ruler and a brilliant military strategist as well. The adventures of Claudius as an Emperor are cynically made for exploitation of the interests of the modern British readers; despite it not having any particular inclination towards the conquest. As such Claudius visits a familiar environment of the Great Britain for an absurd battle. He finally manages to get himself caught in many events that resemble the origins of Christian religion.

Robert Graves has again managed to show his wonderful talent in gripping tale. The series is just phenomenally good. Both I, Claudius and this second book will take a bit of time follow it. Nevertheless, when you are through you will feel satisfied and at the same time regretful that the experience is over. The suspense will certainly leave you looking forward to the next book in the series.

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