Robert was one of eight children. As the author explains his father loved telling him and his siblings folk stories. Robert grew up into a teller of tall stories. His stories were a blend of fiction, myth and fact.
Sassoon described Graves's Good-bye as rot and a fake. It was. Blunden added his comments, they were not complementary. Both annotated the work noting fake details and errors. Wilson cleverly shows the exaggerations and untruths in Graves's work. It is an insightful biography. compassion is mixed with scorn. Graves fell.out with many of his friends, Lawrence and Woolf were among them. They said things about Graves that were decidedly nasty. Graves was tall and clumsy. He was a hopeless soldier.
This is volume one of a projected two . It describes Graves's upbringing from his birth in 1895 in Wimbledon. His mother was German born. Graves was gay and at Charterhousehe fell in love with Peter, a fellow pupil. Some of his poetry reeks of snobbishness. He married Nancy in 1918 and they had four children. Later they were joined by Laura Riding and the Irish poet Phibbs and his wife in a menage a cinq.
Graves got through the Loos battle by drinking a bottle of whisky a day. The Times included his death in a roll of honour when in fact he had only been injured. Wilson says for Graves 'the truth was emotional'.