Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows (2223 words)


Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908) is a novel-length children’s story about a fraternity of animals living in the English countryside. Originally written as a series of bedtime tales about mischievous Mr Toad to placate the author’s unruly son, it is a classic work that both adults and children continue to find irresistible, both for its charming characterization and its rural idealism. The enduring appeal of The Wind in the Willows has much to do with its traditionalism and theme of escape. As Grahame’s biographer, Peter Green, comments:

What it conveys throughout is the sense of a complete and self-contained world to which for a short while we are given access. …

Citation: Desmarais, Jane. "The Wind in the Willows". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 November 2017 [, accessed 22 January 2021.]

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