GRAVES, ALFRED PERCEVAL (1846-1931)
AUTOGRAPH VERSE LETTER TO SIEGFRIED SASSOON, signed with initials ('A.P.G.'), 24 lines, expressing at the end in prose that he is delighted with The Old Huntsman and Other Poems and in a prose side-note: 'It is certainly a very original & individual volume & will deserve all the praise it is sure to get', 1 page, quarto, Red Branch House, Wimbledon, 22 May 1917
You might just as soon
Try & blow a bassoon -
Without teaching - in tune
By the light of the moon...
After the death of his first wife, Alfred Perceval Graves, an Anglo-Irish poet, songwriter and school inspector, married Amy von Ranke, daughter of Heinrich von Ranke, and had Robert Graves and four other children by her. He was a contributor of prose and verse to various journals and took a leading part in the revival of Irish letters. He was for several years President of the Irish Literary Society, and was the author of the famous ballad of Father O'Flynn and many other songs and ballads. He published an autobiography, To Return to All That, in 1930, as a response to his son Robert's Goodbye To All That. One poetical manuscript by A.P. Graves has been sold at auction.
PROVENANCE: Siegfried Sassoon; George Sassoon.