The Wind in the Willows (Paperback)
Ah, the legendary exploits of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad! While intended for children, Grahame's classic is essential reading for even high-minded existentialists, with meditations on nature, individuality, friendship, responsibility, courage, and addiction. This edition features Ernest H Shepard's expert illustrations that perfectly capture the charm and complexity of this great book.— Jon
Kenneth Grahame's classic masterpiece, about a group of animal friends out searching for an adventure. Join us for a charming trip down the river and through the woods with Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger as they learn about loyalty and friendship, fighting against a group of nasty weasels and hanging on for their lives in Toad's automobile.
About the Author
Kenneth Grahame was born on March 8, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was five, his mother died giving birth to a baby boy and the four children were sent to live with their grandmother in a large, but rundown mansion on a huge estate. There Kenneth learned about boating from his uncle and attended school in Oxford. In 1879, he went to work for the Bank of England and retired in 1908 as its Secretary. During his time there, he was shot at three times, but all of the bullets missed. Grahame married Elspeth Thomson in 1899, and they had one son who was born blind in one eye and had numerous other health problems. Two days before his 20th birthday, the boy committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. While in his twenties, Kenneth began to write stories for magazines. In 1898, he published a book of short stories, which included "The Reluctant Dragon." It would be another ten years until he wrote again however, giving the world his masterpiece, "The Wind in the Willows." Grahame died on July 6, 1932, at the age of 73, in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. He is buried in Oxford.