Richard Graves Biography

Richard Graves

Richard Perceval Graves (born 21 December 1945) is an English biographer, poet and lecturer, best known for his three-volume biography of his uncle Robert von Ranke Graves. He was educated at Charterhouse and St. John’s College, Oxford where he read Modern History. He then taught until 1973, when he became a full-time writer. 


Graves is the author of more than nineteen books, including biographies of T.E. Lawrence, A.E. Housman, the Powys brothers (John Cowper Powys, Theodore Francis Powys and Llewelyn Powys) and Richard Hughes. In 1999 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. From 2000 to 2019 he was Marketing Director of GWS Media Ltd., a new media company, while also Chairing the Powys Society from 2001 to 2005. He is currently putting the finishing touches to a ghosted autobiography of the late socialite Nicky Samuel, while working on a somewhat eccentric memoir of his own life.