Questions tagged [kenneth-grahame]

Questions about the works of author Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) or his life as a writer.

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Is the castle where Mr. Toad is imprisoned a real place, or based on a real place?

In The Wind in The Willows, at the end of the chapter 'VI: Mr. Toad', Toad is convicted and sentenced to twenty years in "the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded keep of the stoutest castle in all ...
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In Wind in the Willows, why is Mole's garden full of Italian heroes?

I recently noticed the passage in Wind in the Willows where Mole comes back to his old home contains this extraordinary quote. On the walls hung wire baskets with ferns in them, alternating with ...
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How 'human' are the animals in The Wind in the Willows meant to look?

I always imagined the animals in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows - Mole, Ratty, Badger, Toad, and so on - to be actual animals, clearly anthropomorphised to some extent (walking on two legs, ...
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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and Wayfarers All

In The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame's magisterial work, the first half of the book is mostly given over to the adventures of Mole and Ratty (although we are introduced to Badger and Mr. Toad). ...
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Did Ratty have a housekeeper?

Kenneth Grahame's masterpiece, The Wind in the Willows, describes the adventures of five friends, four of whom are, apparently, bachelors. We can infer that Mole was a bachelor since (1) he did his ...