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First edition, first impression hardback of NO MORE GHOSTS: Selected Poems, by Robert Graves and published by Faber & Faber Limited, London, in 1940.

The book is in good condition (Beige paper-covered boards and blue lettering on the front and spine, which has some tanning towards the edges). No dust jacket. There is a previous owner's inscription on the front endpaper and some tanning on the endpapers and light foxing to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears.

Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, the son of Irish writer Perceval Graves and Amalia Von Ranke. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and became one of the finest poets to emerge from that conflict. Robert Graves always considered himself a poet first, but unable to support his family through poetry alone, he wrote novels, works of criticism and nonfiction. After the war, apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926, he earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels, including: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Count Belisarius; Wife of Mr Milton; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Proceed, Sergeant Lamb; The Golden Fleece; They Hanged My Saintly Billy; and The Isles of Unwisdom.

He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929. The Times Literary Supplement acclaimed it as 'one of the most candid self portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted', as well as being of exceptional value as a war document. Two of his most discussed non-fiction works are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarine Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro), a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (with Omar Ali-Shah), and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971. He produced more than 140 works during his lifetime and has never been out of print.

Robert Graves died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929. On his death The Times wrote of him, 'He will be remembered for his achievements as a prose stylist, historical novelist and memorist, but above all as the great paradigm of the dedicated poet, 'the greatest love poet in English since Donne'.

No More Ghosts is a collection of 50 poems of Graves, most of which had appeared in earlier volumes. Some of the poems included in the Selection are: The Haunted House; Apples and Water; On Dwelling; Love in Barrrenness; In Procession; The Cool Web; The Cuirassiers of the Frontier; The Castle; Full Moon; Vanity; Pure Death; Sick Love; Nature's Lineaments; The Furious Voyage; The Beast; A Love Story; Flying Crooked; Warning to Children; The Laureate; The Terraced Valley; Recalling War; Ulysses; Down, Wanton, Down!; The Devil's Advice to Story-Tellers; The Cloak; To Bring the Dead to Life; A Jealous Man; The Advocates; On Portents; The Fallen Tower of Silom; To Sleep; No More Ghosts.

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