Saturday, July 06, 2013

Kenneth Grahame

from Chapter II: The Open Road

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1932 of Kenneth Grahame. Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows (1908), which is a favorite of mine. You can read the book with its wonderful illustrations (one is pictured above) online here. The most frequently quoted line from the book is probably, "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." It has been adapted for stage/film/TV/radio. Our favorite is the 1983 version. It's at youtube divided into sections (except that part 3 has been removed). The first part is here:

He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon (1898), which is available to be read online.

There's a Kenneth Grahame Society Facebook page. The Society has a short biography on their web site.


  1. I was drawn to the the lovely painting. I'm off to see if I can find this book online. Thanks for the link.

    1. the pictures are wonderful, aren't they! i hope you like the book. it's always been a favorite of ours.