Books: The Artful Pursuit of Goddesses

ROBERT GRAVES by Martin Seymour-Smith Holt, Rinehart& Winston; 608 pages; $22.50

The 20th century was born in the trenches of World War I and Robert Graves attended, with bloody hands and a shell splinter whistling through his lung. He described the "goddawfulness" in Good-bye to All That (1929), an autobiography that survives rereading with its old pleasures and astonishments intact. There was, for example, the official report that Graves had died of wounds when, in fact, he was recovering. Remarked Siegfried Sassoon, a greatly relieved...

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