Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

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  • Sarah Jane Hughes (University of East Anglia)

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham had the sort of career it is almost impossible to imagine today: traveller, adventurer, rancher, horse-dealer, radical politician and elegant writer of nearly 30 books, including almost 200 short stories and sketches. Celebrated by everyone from Joseph Conrad to George Bernard Shaw (both of whom based writing on Cunninghame Graham’s tales – Shaw’s play

His biographers Cedric Watts and Laurence Davis labelled him both sceptic and idealist, calling him “a mixture of Hamlet and Don Quixote” (Watts & Davies, 2008, pxiii), while his close friend GK Chesterton remarked: “Cunninghame Graham achieved the adventure of being Cunninghame Graham” (Watts & …

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Hughes, Sarah Jane. "Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2015
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