The Wind in the Willows | Critical Essay by Neil Philip

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of The Wind in the Willows.
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Critical Essay by Neil Philip

SOURCE: "Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Companionable Vitality," in Touchstones: Reflections on the Best in Children's Literature, Vol. 1, Children's Literature Association, 1985, pp. 96-105.

In the following essay, Philip provides reasons why The Wind in the Willows remains a favorite book of both children and adults.

"Vitality—that is the test," wrote Kenneth Grahame, in his introduction to Aesop: A Hundred Fables (1899). It is a test The Wind in the Willows passes, for Grahame's best-known book possesses in abundance that quality by which Ezra Pound defined the true classic: "a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness." A. A. Milne called it a "Household Book": one to be kept constantly at hand, referred to, quoted, read aloud.

But it is also, it must be admitted, a very strange book. Early reviewers were entirely flummoxed by it, expecting another wickedly...

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