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Kenneth Grahame

1859-1932

Kenneth Grahame (1859 – 1932) was a British writer. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the 3rd of 4 children. In 1864, his mother died after giving birth to the youngest boy, and his father sent the 4 children to live in Berkshire, England, with their maternal grandmother who is described as ‘cold’ and ‘forbidding’. Apart from one brief attempt to live together, Kenneth never saw his father again. Kenneth Grahame is most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon. Both books were later adapted for stage and film, of which A. A. Milne's Toad of Toad Hall, based on part of The Wind in the Willows, was the first. Other adaptations include the Disney films The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad and The Reluctant Dragon.