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Wind in the Willows

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ISBN-10: 0143039091

ISBN-13: 9780143039099

Edition: 2005

Authors: Kenneth Grahame, Gillian Avery, Kenneth Grahame

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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. bull; First time in Penguin Classics bull; Includes an introduction and notes by the children's literature historian Gillian Avery bull; Features an appendix of Grahame's original letters to his son about the adventures of Toad
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on March 3, 1859. When he was five years old, his mother died of scarlet fever and he nearly died himself, of the same disease. His father became an alcoholic and sent the children to Berkshire to live with relatives. They were later reunited with their father, but after a failed year, the children never heard from him again. Sometime later, one of his brothers died at the age of fifteen. He attended St. Edward's School as a child and intended to go on to Oxford University, but his relatives wanted him to go into banking. He worked in his uncle's office, in Westminster, for two years then went to work at the Bank of England as a clerk in 1879. He spent nearly thirty years there and became the Secretary of the Bank at the age of thirty-nine. He retired from the bank right before The Wind in the Willows was published in 1908. He wrote essays on topics that included smoking, walking and idleness. Many of the essays were published as the book Pagan Papers (1893) and the five orphan characters featured in the papers were developed into the books The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). The Wind in the Willows (1908) was based on bedtime stories and letters to his son and it is where the characters Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad were created. In 1930, Milne's stage version was brought to another audience in Toad of Toad Hall. Grahame died on July 6, 1932.