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1859-1932

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1859, the third of four children. When he was five, his mother sent the children to live with relatives in England. Kindly treated, yet emotionally isolated, the Grahame children constructed a world full ofchildhood pleasures, a world that Kenneth left at the age of nine when he went to St. Edward's Schook, a world whose memory was to remain alive in an adult life in which he found no happiness to equal that of his early years. Lack of funds ended his dream of attending Oxford and forced him to take a position with the Bank of England, where he achieved a successful career. In 1891 he anonymously published the first of his evocations of childhood, The Olympians, in the National Observer. The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898) established his fame. The Wind in the Willows, written to entertain his son, Alastair, was published in 1908; the same year ill health caused his retirement from banking. He wrote little thereafter, spending his remaining years in extensive traveling and in final retreat to the tranquillity of the English countryside. He died in 1932.

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