1959 marked the centenary of Kenneth Grahame's birth. The Golden Age and The Wind in the Willows are among the best-known, and best-loved, titles in English literature. Yet almost nothing has been written about the author: as a human being he has remained singularly elusive. But now, in this remarkable biography, Mr Green not only gives us a living portrait of Grahame the man, but also displays brilliant insight into the creative process itself. Readers who turn back to The Wind in the Willows after studying the present work will find their understanding of it deepened, and their affection for its immortal characters - Rat, Mole, above all Toad - greatly enhanced.
Grahame's private life, social background, and creative talent were inextricably interwoven. He offers a classic example of the eternal conflict between reality and the idea. He was a senior official of the Bank of England who dreamed of the Hesperides; an adult whose sympathies were always with children and the animal world. This internal struggle is written into the book more vividly and with greater perception than in any other contemporary biography. Grahame is seen, too, against the background of his age: the decade of the Yellow Book (to which he contributed), of Socialist agitation, of the railways and the motor-car. He is a symbolic figure of his period.
There are very slight signs of shelf wear to the covers with slight tanning to the page edges. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.