The Wind in the Willows (Oxford World’s Classics) by Kenneth Grahame

By Kenneth Grahame

One of many best-known classics of kid's literature, a undying masterpiece and a necessary portrait of an age, The Wind within the Willows started initially in Kenneth Grahame's letters to his younger son, the place he first stated the adventures of Rat and Badger, of Mole and Toad--all narrated in virtuoso language starting from full of life parody to complicated fin-de-si�cle mysticism. but for a kid's ebook, it really is involved nearly completely with grownup topics: worry of radical adjustments in political, social, and monetary strength. This re-creation considers this conundrum and offers a wealth of interesting contextual information regarding the book's writer and its old, cultural, and literary value. The advent by way of Peter Hunt, one of many most appropriate students of kid's literature, makes a speciality of the book's prestige as a vintage, and as either a self-portrait of Kenneth Grahame's psyche and a portrait of an age. Reproducing the textual content of the 1st British variation, the publication contains explanatory notes that make clear the resources of the book--biographical, mental, geographical, and literary--and an up to date bibliography.About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from around the world. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative beneficial positive factors, together with specialist introductions by means of top professionals, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional examine, and masses extra.

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The Wind in the Willows (Oxford World’s Classics)

One of many best-known classics of kid's literature, a undying masterpiece and an important portrait of an age, The Wind within the Willows all started initially in Kenneth Grahame's letters to his younger son, the place he first stated the adventures of Rat and Badger, of Mole and Toad--all narrated in virtuoso language starting from energetic parody to intricate fin-de-si�cle mysticism.

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Here to-day, up and off to somewhere else to-morrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing! And mind, this is the very finest cart of its sort that was ever built, without any exception. Come inside and look at the arrangements. ’ The Mole was tremendously interested and excited, and followed him eagerly up the steps and into the interior of the caravan. The Rat only snorted and thrust his hands deep into his pockets, remaining where he was.

E. H. Shepard, ‘Illustrating The Wind in the Willows’, Horn Book, 30 (Apr. 1954), 83–6. Michael Steig, ‘At the Back of The Wind in the Willows: An Experiment in Biographical and Autobiographical Interpretation’, Victorian Studies, 24 (1981), 303–23. Deborah Stevenson, ‘The River Bank Redux? Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows and William Horwood’s The Willows in Winter’, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 21/3 (1996), 126–32. Maureen Thum, ‘Exploring “the Country of the Mind”: Mental Dimensions of Landscape in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows’, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 17/3 (1992), 27–32.

He missed the surface altogether, his legs flew up above his head, and he found himself lying on the top of the prostrate Rat. Greatly alarmed, he made a grab at the side of the boat, and the next moment — Sploosh! Over went the boat, and he found himself struggling in the river. O my, how cold the water was, and O, how very wet it felt. How it sang in his ears as he went down, down, down! How bright and welcome the sun looked as he rose to the surface coughing and spluttering! How black was his despair when he felt himself sinking again!

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