The Original Wind in the Willows

Mole and Ratty
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing –
half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."


This online display, launched by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to celebrate World Book Day 2007, reveals the origins of Kenneth Grahame’s masterpiece of children’s literature, The Wind in the Willows.

It is an expanded version of an exhibition mounted on 1 March 2007 for one day only in the Bodleian Library’s famous Divinity School, and reproduces images from the original letters and manuscripts in which Grahame brought his famous characters to life one hundred years ago.

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