Viola Garvin

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Viola Gerard Garvin (1898–1969) was an English poet and editor at the The Observer. Some of her works include Dedication and The House of Cæsar.

Robert E. Howard paraphrased a part from Viola Garvin's The House of Cæsar for his suicide note.[1]

Constance Savery, Garvin's classmate at Somerville College, Oxford, records that Garvin died on Jan. [blank] 1969.[2] Savery remembered Garvin's "dark haunting eyes" and recalled that "she shone like a planet at Somerville. No glitter, just 'the soft journey that a planet goes'."[3]


  1. ^ Burke, Rusty (1998-05-07). "All Fled, All Done". 
  2. ^ Savery, Constance. Work Diary. 2nd-4th February 1969. Manuscript collection, Knight Library, Univ. Oregon.
  3. ^ Oldham, John (1653-83). "A Quiet Soul". Slightly misquoted.