Manuscripts of Kenneth Grahame

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. d. 281-2, e. 247-8
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1907-1933]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      4 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of or relating to 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, consisting of:  

  • 'Bertie's escapade', printed in P.R. Chalmers, Kenneth Grahame (London, 1933)
  • Letters to his son, 1907, printed in First whisper of the Wind in the Willows, ed. Elspeth Grahame (London, 1944)
  • 'The Wind in the Willows', 1908

Administrative / Biographical History

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was an author and the Secretary of the Bank of England. He married Elspeth Thomson in 1899. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were given to the Library in 1943.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 45238-46.

Related Material

See also Papers of Kenneth Grahame (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 379-81, c. 720-3, d. 524-37, d. 1098-1102, e. 480-2, e. 1132-4, f. 174-6, f. 639-41).


See Scope and Content.