Anthropology as Consolation: The Strange Case of Motherkin

  • Robert Fraser

Abstract

In a postscript added to The White Goddess in 1960, Robert Graves describes the inception of the work. Exiled in Devon during the Second World War, he had embarked on his historical novel The Golden Fleece (1944), writing all the while in a study strewn with objets d’art originating from the Gold Coast.

Keywords

Dust Europe Assure 1885 Excavation Trench 

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Notes

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