North American Sketches by Walker
Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936), whose fascinating life and neglected literature are finally attracting the attention of a wide audience throughout the world, was an inveterate traveler to Europe, North and South America, and North Africa. The fruits of these travels appeared in some thirty collections of sketches, histories, and biographies written over a period of forty years. Between his travels Graham wrote prolifically, served six tempestuous years as a radical member of parliament, and ran the family estates in Scotland.
In 1878, Graham and his wife Gabrielle began a trip to the southwestern United States and Mexico that would last for two years. Not much is known of this period of Graham's life, though it represents and important first stage in his literary career. These North American sketches, which include one written by Gabrielle, were written between 1890 and 1932. They have been edited and arranged to give some idea of the Grahams' travels in the borderlands of the United States and Mexico from 1879 to 1881.