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78 R. B. CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WRITINGS ABOUT HIM By John Walker (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, who was born in London in I852 of a Scottish soldier father and a half-Spanish mother, died in Buenos Aires in 1936. In the intervening eighty-four years Graham played many parts, travelled to many countries, and associated with many people, literary and political. One reads constantly of his adventures in Latin America with the gauchos, his role as a Scottish laird on his father's estates, and his valuable but fiery contributions as a Radical M.P. Trips to Spain in search of gold and to Morocco in an effort to reach the Forbidden City of Tarudant tended to highlight the "ecentric" in his character. His World War I adventures and his links with Scottish Nationalism in the 1930s, added to the picturesque image of the "master of life." What is significant about these escapades, however, is that they provided material for his literary career, which he, like many others, dismissed as unimportant. Though modest about his own artistic ability, he encouraged Hudson and Conrad, befriended many writers of his generation like Wilde and Max Beerbohm, and inspired, albeit unwittingly, several of Shaw's plays. This "amateur writer of genius," as well as producing pamphlets, translations, reviews and prefaces to works by other writers like Hudson, Conrad, Morley Roberts and Tschiffely, still found time to produce some thirty volumes of his own sketches, travel books, and histories. The following list of Graham's works gives some indication of his fertility and variety. Though it is difficult to distinguish between the various genres in Graham's literary production, because his travel experiences and personal impressions often spill over into his histories - and vice versa - I have indicated which volumes are basically historical (H) or biographical (B), travel (T), and collections of sketches (S). This list does not include translations, prefaces to other writers' works, nor pamphlets. The books, all published in London, are listed in chronological order of publication: Notes on the District _of Menteith. A. & C. Black, I895. (T) Father Archangel _of Scotland. A. & C. Black, I896. (S) Mogreb-el-Acksa. Heinemann, I898. (T) The IpañT. Fisher Unwin, I899. (S) Thirteen Stories. Heinemann, I9OO. (S) A Vanished Arcadia. Heinemann, 19OI. (H) Success. Duckworth, 1902. (S) Hernando de Soto. Heinemann, 1903· (Η/Î’) Progress. Duckworth, 1905- (S) His Peopleâ– Duckworth, 1906. (S) Faith. Duckworth, 1909- (S) Hope. Duckworth, I910. (S) 79 Charity. Duckworth, 1912. (S) A Hatchment. Duckworth, 1913· (S) Scottish Stories. Duckworth, 19I1+. (S) Bernai DÃ-az del Castillo. Evleigh Nash, 1915· (Η/Î’) Brought Forwardâ– Duckworth, 1916. (S) A Brazilian Mystic. Heinemann, 1920. (Η/Î’) Cartagena and the Banks of the Sinú. Heinemann, 1921. (T) The Conquest of New Granada. Heinemann, 1922. (Η/Î’) The Conquest of the River Plate. Heinemann, 1925· (H) Doughty Deeds. Heinemann, 1925. (Η/Î’) Pedro de_ Valdivia. Heinemann, 1926. (Η/Î’) Redeemed. Heinemann, 1927· (S) José Antonio Páez. Heinemann, 1929· (Η/Î’) Thirty Stories and Sketches (selected by Edward Garnett). Heinemann, 1930. JW) The Horses of the Conquest. Heinemann, 1930. (H) Writ in Sand. Heinemann, 1932. (S) Portrait of a. Dictator. Heinemann, 1933 (Η/Î’) Mirages. Heinemann, 1936. (S) Rodeo (Selected by A. F. Tschiffely). Heinemann, 1936. (S) The following bibliography contains all the important critical studies (books, articles, theses, reviews, etc.) about Cunningname Graham and his writings, except those references which are too slight or too general to merit inclusion. Because of his association with other important writers like Shaw, Conrad, Hudson, for example, his name crops up regularly in works devoted to these authors. To avoid unnecessary repetition, I have tried to be discriminating in my choice of sources, so as not to describe excessively the same situation or incident. I have also tried to avoid the mere reporting-type articles about Graham, especially from newspaper sources e.g. re his death, or the construction of the Graham monument at Dumbarton. However, apart from these deliberate omissions, the bibliography is as comprehensive as one can hope to claim. Any rare items that may have slipped through the net will be included in an up-dating of the bibliography. I should like to thank Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham, Don Roberto's nephew...

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ISSN
1559-2715
Print ISSN
0013-8339
Pages
pp. 78-156
Launched on MUSE
2010-05-21
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