He worked in the Bank of England while composing in his time, authoring several publications before reaching success with The Wind in the Willows in 1908. When Kenneth was just a year old, his father accepted a place as the sheriff of Argyll, prompting the household to relocate.
Soon after Grahame’s fifth birthday, his mom died of scarlet fever after giving birth to a different son. His dad corkscrew into alcoholism, losing the ability to improve his four kids. Because of this, Grahame and his siblings moved in with their grandma. His dad struggled to overcome his drinking issue and regain custody of his kids. After he’d a substantial relapse, but, the kids returned with their grandma’s care while their dad moved to France. The Grahame kids weren’t in connection with their dad after that point.
In the age of 9, Grahame started attending St. Edward’s in Oxford. He did well at school, attaining prizes in Latin, theology and rugby. Despite his intellectual abilities, Grahame lacked the funds to study at Oxford. He took employment in the Bank of England, where he was employed as a clerk. He started out printing essays in little publications. Then he branched out to print in literary magazines, such as the St. James Gazette, the National Observer and The Yellow Book.
Several of the essays he wrote were about a household of orphaned kids called The Olympians. In 1895, 18 of these short stories were printed in a collection called The Golden Age. Another collection, Dream Days, was published in 1898. Although little known now, The Golden Age and Dream Days were acclaimed at that time of the first publication.
They wed in 1899. The Grahames had a son named Alastair, who was born with impairments including blindness in a single eye. When Alastair was a young son, his dad fabricated bedtime stories of a toad to soothe him to sleep. Then he compiled his stories into The Wind in the Willows. After several rejections, the novel was printed in October 1908. While the critical reception was cold, the novel proved to be a commercial success. Having worked in the Bank of England for a long time, he took an early retirement in 1908 following a stabbing event. In 1903, a man entered the bank offices using a pistol. After talking to Grahame, the guy drew his weapon and fired several shots. Grahame was unhurt but was troubled by the event.
Grahame’s professional success failed to carry over into his private life. His union was miserable, and his son, Alastair, grew increasingly troubled through his adolescence. Alastair fought in school and was ejected from several schools before registering at Christ Church, Oxford. He was discovered dead on the courses the next morning. Although official records described the death as accidental, many indications pointed to suicide. After the funeral, the ruined Grahames took a long holiday in Italy, away from their house and its own memories of the son.
Grahame composed very little following Alastair’s departure. In 1924, the Grahames moved to Pangbourne, near Oxford, where they lived out the rest of the days. Kenneth Grahame expired on July 6, 1932, and was buried in Oxford in the exact same grave as his son, Alastair.