Description - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
One of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children When Kenneth Grahame first entertained his son with letters about a petulant character named Toad, he had no way of knowing that his creation - together with his friends Mole, Rat, and Badger - would delight children for nearly 100 years. Here they are once more, pursuing adventure in gypsy caravans, stolen sportscars, and prison, but always returning to their beloved Wildwood. And although Grahame s characters are unmistakably animals, they remain endearingly human in their eccentricity, folly, and friendship. First time in Penguin Classics Includes an introduction and notes by the children's literature historian Gillian Avery Features an appendix of Grahame's original letters to his son about the adventures of Toad
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Author Biography - Kenneth Grahame
Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on 8 March 1859. He was brought up by his grandmother in Cookham Dene in Berkshire and went to school in Oxford before starting work at the Bank of England. He was unable to go to university because of his family's lack of money. His stories and essays were initially published in periodicals such as the Yellow Book and then collected together as Pagan Papers (1893). This was followed by The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). The Wind in the Willows (1908) is based on letters and stories that Graham made for his only child, Alistair. The novel's popularity grew slowly over the years and A.A. Milne's dramatisation of the novel as Toad of Toad Hall brought it greater success. Kenneth Grahame died on 6 July 1932.