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The Golden Age [with Biographical Introduction] (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Grahame , Maxfield Parrish
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Golden Age [with Biographical Introduction]

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: (1 July 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC23PS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,123,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Kenneth Grahame was born in Scotland in 1859. After the death of his mother he was sent to live with his grandparents in Berkshire and attended school in Oxford. On leaving school he worked at the Bank of England and also wrote articles and stories which he submitted to many publications.

He married in 1899 and had a son, Alastair. His best-known story, The Wind in the Willows, was published in 1908. After the sudden death of his son, Grahame was grief-stricken and became reclusive. He died in 1932 and is buried in Oxford.

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3.0 out of 5 stars good book , poor illustrations 7 May 2012
By karl
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There is really no need to comment on the writing, the book is a delight to read. My disappointment is with the illustrations, which are pale in the printing and seem to lack the contrast and clarity i found in the gutenberg version I had already downloaded from the net.This is a great disappointment as the illustrations are/should be masterly, and the point of buying a hard copy is to have a product somehow more satisfying than one on a computer screen.

The book was also smaller than I anticipated , due to the incorrect dimensions on the Amazon page . It is in fact 21.5x13.5cm rather than the 21.5 x 17.7 cm in the description.
In summary, a pleasant read but the illustrations leave the impression that it is a hasty edition of a far more satisfying original (a disappointment , as the last book I got from Dover, a Rime of the Ancient Mariner with the Dore illustrations, was magnificent)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As close to poetry as prose can get 7 Sept. 2011
By cacophony - Published on
The Golden Age and its companion, Dream Days, are terribly undervalued masterpieces and well worth seeking out though (fortunately or unfortunately) they have never been subjected to demeaning Hollywood treatment and resultant notoriety. Initially illustrated by the amazing American artist Maxfield Parrish, they were also later illustrated by E. H. Shepard, the English artist of Winnie The Pooh fame. The Golden Age and Dream Days are both Public Domain downloadable but the illustrations make the hardcopy worthwhile. (Excerpted with permission from our Children's Book page.)

Almost every page revels in the glory of language as an art form.

Excerpt from The Golden Age:

THE year was in its yellowing time, and the face of Nature a study in old gold, ... the display that Edward and I considered from the rickyard gate. Harold was not in on this scene, being stretched upon the couch of pain; the special disorder stomachic, as usual. The evening before, Edward, in a fit of unwonted amiability, had deigned to carve me out a turnip lantern, an art-and-craft he was peculiarly deft in; and Harold, as the interior of the turnip flew out in scented fragments under the hollowing knife, had eaten largely thereof; regarding all such jetsam as his special perquisite. Now he was dreeing his weird, with such assistance as the chemist could afford. But Edward and I, knowing that this particular field was to be carried to-day, were revelling in the privilege of riding in the empty waggons from the rickyard back to the sheaves, whence we returned toilfully on foot, to career it again over the billowy acres in these great galleys of a stubble sea. It was the nearest approach to sailing that we inland urchins might compass; and hence it ensued, that such stirring scenes as Sir Richard Grenville on the Revenge, the smoke-wreathed Battle of the Nile, and the Death of Nelson, had all been enacted in turn on these dusty quarter decks, as they swayed and bumped afield.
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent text, images only so-so 30 Jan. 2013
By Sophie Glazer - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dover has done excellent work bringing otherwise forgotten texts back into circulation with inexpensive editions. The illustrations suffered somewhat from the low-cast reproduction method--but it was still a pleasure to have the book, as a place-holder for the day a better-quality edition becomes available.
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