Robert von Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, critic and classicist. One of Graves's friends at this time was the poet Siegfried Sassoon, a fellow officer in his regiment. The friendship between Graves and Sassoon is documented in Graves's letters and biographies; the story is fictionalised in Pat Barker's novel Regeneration. The intensity of their early relationship is demonstrated in Graves's collection, Fairies and Fusiliers (1917), which contains many poems celebrating their friendship. Sassoon remarked upon a "heavy sexual element" within it, an observation supported by the sentimental nature of much of the surviving correspondence between the two men. Through Sassoon, Graves became a friend of Wilfred Owen, "who often used to send me poems from France."
Timeline & Places: • July 24, 1895: born at 1 Lauriston Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 4TJ, Regno Unito • 1909: attended Charterhouse School, Charterhouse Rd, Godalming GU7 2DX, Regno Unito • 1919: attended University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, Regno Unito • 1940s: lived at Deià, 07179 Deià, Majorca, Spain • December 7, 1985: died. References: Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Queer Places, Vol. 3.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World