viii, 172 pp. 8vo. "Kenneth Grahame's unjustly neglected collections of vignettes, reminiscences, and inventions capture the ingenuities of a family of children -- three boys and two girls -- who live magnanimous lives nourished by the secret expeditions and private games they share. Written in the last few years of the 19th century, as Grahame looked back fondly at his own childhood, these sketches of growing up are poised artfully between two states of consciousness -- that of a child protagonist and that of a remembering adult -- and so manage to evoke both the active energies of youth and the nostalgic tenderness of reflection. This book, and a companion volume entitled "The Golden Age," remain beguiling today. While their language is sophisticated, confident reader of ten and up might easily find themselves caught in the web of story the author weaves; older readers have no excuse not to revel in these marvelous volumes." Written before his famous Wind In The Willows, Dream Days includes a chapter entitled 'The Reluctant Dragon', which was later expanded into a book and subsequently adapted into the 1941 Disney film. "Dream Days is a collection of children's fiction and reminiscences of childhood written by Kenneth Grahame. A sequel to Grahame's 1895 collection The Golden Age (some of its selections feature the same family of five children), Dream Days was first published in 1898 under the imprint John Lane: The Bodley Head. (The first six selections in the book had been previously published in periodicals of the day—in the Yellow Book, the New Review, and in Scribner's Magazine in the United States.) The book is best known for its inclusion of Grahame's classic story The Reluctant Dragon."
Keywords: CHILDREN FICTION REMINISCENCES SHORT STORIES
1931 printing. Boards lightly toned, ink gift note dated 1946 on front endpaper. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co, 1930. Very Good/No Jacket. Shepard, Ernest H..
(Inventory #: 2171988)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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