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Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Grahame was raised on a riverside where it is believed he was inspired to write The Wind in the Willows. He wanted to attend Oxford when he was young but his family thought it too costly so instead he worked at the Bank of England for a while before marrying his wife, Elspeth Thomson.

While still a young man, Grahame began to publish light stories in London periodicals such as the St. James Gazette. Some of these stories were collected and published as Pagan Papers in 1893, and, two years later, The Golden Age. These were followed by Dream Days in 1898, which contains The Reluctant Dragon.

His most celebrated book, The Wind in the Willows, won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. While Grahame never attempted to write a sequel, in the 1990s, William Horwood came up with a series of sequels.

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