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Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932)

Author of The Wind in the Willows

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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. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Wind in the Willows 20,584 copies, 308 reviews
The Reluctant Dragon 1,555 copies, 14 reviews
The Golden Age 459 copies, 8 reviews
Dream Days 385 copies, 11 reviews
The Annotated Wind in the Willows 204 copies, 3 reviews
The Wind in the Willows, abridged 118 copies, 2 reviews
Pagan Papers 39 copies, 2 reviews
The Golden Age & Dream Days 36 copies, 1 review
Bertie's Escapade 34 copies, 1 review
Mole's Christmas 28 copies, 1 review
The Cambridge Book of Poetry for Children (Editor) 20 copies, 1 review
Tales From The Wind in the Willows (original story author) 18 copies, 1 review
The Headswoman 16 copies
Duck Song 9 copies
The Wild Wood 9 copies
Duck's Ditty 7 copies
Toad's Tale 5 copies
Wind in the Willows [1988 TV movie] (Original book) 4 copies
Herr Padda 2 copies
The Wind in the Willows (Inga Moore) (Story) 590 copies, 9 reviews
The Victorian Fairytale Book (Contributor) 414 copies, 3 reviews
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (Contributor) 338 copies, 6 reviews
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (Contributor) 188 copies, 3 reviews
The Wind in the Willows [abridged - Classic Starts] (original story author) 182 copies, 2 reviews
Ladybird Classics: The Wind in the Willows (Story) 141 copies, 1 review
Ghost Stories (Contributor) 125 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (Contributor) 124 copies, 3 reviews
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (Contributor) 107 copies
The Wind in the Willows #2: The Open Road (original storyteller) 79 copies
Victorian Fairy Tales (Oxford World's Classics) (Contributor) 68 copies, 4 reviews
The Wind in the Willows: The River Bank (original source author) 64 copies
The Paganism Reader (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Dragons (Contributor) 43 copies
The Reluctant Dragon (Author) 29 copies, 1 review
Mr. Toad Comes Home (original storyteller) 27 copies
The Wild Wood (The wind in the willows library) (original storyteller) 26 copies
The Wild Wood (original storyteller) 25 copies
The Wind in the Willows: The Battle for Toad Hall (original source author) 25 copies
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Mr. Toad (The wind in the willows library) (original storyteller) 19 copies
Home Sweet Home (Wind in the Willows) (original storyteller) 19 copies
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The Wind in the Willows: The wild wood (adapted ∙ boardbook) (original story author) 16 copies, 1 review
The Wind in the Willows (original story author) 14 copies
The Wind in the Willows: The Complete First Series (original story author) 11 copies
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Little Otter is Missing (Wind in the Willows Library) (original storyteller) 8 copies, 1 review
The Adventures of Mr. Toad (original storyteller) 7 copies
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Married to Elspeth Grahame, with one son, Alistair Graham.
British author and banker. Educated at St. Edward’s School, Oxford. He was orphaned at an early age and brought up by his grandmother. His family unable to afford the cost of university he took up a career with the Bank of England where he stayed until ill health caused his retirement, in his late forties, in 1907. During the banking days he wrote (and had published) essays and poems in his spare time. Among his books were Pagan Papers (1893), The Golden Age (1895), Dream Days (1898) and then… The Wind in the Willows (1908) which started life as a bedtime serial tale for his son Alastair.
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