Biography

Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 8, 1859. He worked at the Bank of England while writing in his spare time, and published pieces in the St. James Gazette, the National Observer and The Yellow Book. His works are based on bedtime stories he told to his son, Alastair.

Several of these were about a family of orphaned children called The Olympians. In 1895, 18 of these short stories were published in a collection called The Golden Age.

A second collection, Dream Days, which included his story The Reluctant Dragon, was published in 1898. Although little known today, The Golden Age and Dream Days were acclaimed at the time of their initial publication. The latter was popularized in a Disney movie in 1941. San Diego Junior Theatre produced their version of The Reluctant Dragon in 1952.

He is most known today for The Wind in the Willows, published in 1908.