29 d’abril del 2013

Talking about... The Wind in the Willows de Kenneth Grahame

El proper dijous dia 2 de maig a les 19h continuem el nostre 3r Cicle de tertúlies en anglès Talking about... Ens trobarem a la Biblioteca Pompeu Fabra per practicar l'anglès i parlar sobre aquest llibre i el seu autor.

Kenneth Grahame
(Mar. 8, 1859, Edinburgh, Scotland. — Jul. 6, 1932, Pangbourne, Eng.).

He worked at the Bank of England while writing in his spare time. During his early years in London, Grahame became involved in local literary circles. He started out publishing essays in small publications. In 1895, 18 of these short stories were published in a collection called The Golden Age. A second collection, Dream Days, was published in 1898. In 1897, Grahame met Elspeth Thompson. They married in 1899. The Grahames had a son named Alastair, who was born with disabilities. When Alastair was a young boy, his father invented bedtime stories about a toad to soothe him to sleep. Within a few years, Grahame had written down his stories in letters to his son, adding the characters of Mole, Rat and Badger. He then compiled his stories into The Wind in the Willows. The book was published in October 1908 and was a commercial success. After Alastair's death in 1920, he ceased writing. In 1924, the Grahames moved to Pangbourne, near Oxford, where they lived out the remainder of their days. Kenneth Grahame died on July 6, 1932, and was buried in Oxford in the same grave as his son, Alastair.

The Wind in the Willows

Down by the river bank, where the wind whispers through the willow trees, is a very pleasant place to have a lunch party with a few friends. But life is not always so peaceful for the Mole and the Water Rat. There is the time, for example, when Toad gets interested in motor-cars - goes mad about them in fact . . . The story of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad has been loved by young and old for over a hundred years.

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