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About the Author: R.B. Cunninghame Graham

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham was a journalist and adventurer who made his fortune in Argentina as a cattle rancher before serving as a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP). He was the first-ever socialist member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom; was a founder, and the first president, of the Scottish Labour Party; a founder of the National Party of Scotland in 1928; and the first president of the Scottish National Party in 1934.

His books and articles spanned history, biography, poetry, essays, politics, travel and seventeen collections of short stories or literary sketches. He also assisted Joseph Conrad with research for Nostromo .

There is a seat dedicated to Cunninghame Graham in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh with the inscription: "R B 'Don Roberto' Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore and Ardoch, 1852–1936, A great storyteller".


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Collected Stories and Sketches by

Paperback, Published in Dec 2011 by Kennedy & Boyd

ISBN10: 1849211027 | ISBN13: 9781849211024

Page count: 478

Ice House of the Mind is the third of this series of Stories and Sketches. It contains the collections, His People, Faith and Hope, published between 1906 and 1910, which present a typical mix of Cunninghame Graham's stories set in widely separated locations and drawing on his vast experience of life in different classes of human society. The stories are suffused with Cunninghame Graham's striking blend of the elegiac mood and unsentimental realism. "All that we write is but a bringing forth again of something we have seen or heard about. What makes it art is but the handling of it, and the imagination that is brought to bear upon the theme out of the writer's brain. It follows therefore that all writing, as I said before, brings sorrow in its train.....To record, even to record emotions, is to store up a fund of sadness, and that is why all writing is a sort of icehouse of the mind.... (Faith, Preface). Alan MacGillivray is a specialist in Scottish Literature, who has lectured at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and is a former President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. John C. McIntyre taught Spanish Language and Latin American Literature at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He holds a postgraduate Diploma in Scottish Literature.

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