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The Big Green Book (Puffin Books) Paperback – 30 Mar 1978

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (30 Mar 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140309551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140309553
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, the son of Irish writer Perceval Graves and Amalia Von Ranke. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After this, apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926, he earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels, including: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Count Belisarius; Wife of Mr Milton; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Proceed, Sergeant Lamb; The Golden Fleece; They Hanged My Saintly Billy; and The Isles of Unwisdom. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. The Times Literary Supplement acclaimed it as 'one of the most candid self portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted', as well as being of exceptional value as a war document. Two of his most discussed non-fiction works are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarine Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro), a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. His translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (with Omar Ali-Shah) is also published in Penguin. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971.

Robert Graves died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929. On his death The Times wrote of him, 'He will be remembered for his achievements as a prose stylist, historical novelist and memorist, but above all as the great paradigm of the dedicated poet, "the greatest love poet in English since Donne".'

(Image courtesy of The William Graves Collection.)

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An all-time children's classic from the author of I, CLAUDIUS, illustrated by Maurice Sendak --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Read this book as a child and 20+ years later I have it back again. Now I have it to read to my kids when I have some. Thanks xoxox
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I finally found it listed in amazon 26 Sep 2008
By Korinthos Kackis - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am 45 and I got this book (in german: das grüne Buch) as a gift when I was seven. I never forgot it. Once, when I was in 3rd grade, I took it to school and our (mathematics) teacher read it out loud during class. The teacher himself was touched by the book and came to me, and assured that it was a very fine book.

I appreciate both artists, Graves and Sendak.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
fantastic 4 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wish this book would be reprinted! I can't believe it's no longer available. Anything with illustrations by Maurice Sendak is great. It is suspenseful, with sly humor. I read it to many classrooms and kids loved it. Bring it back.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pure Delight 13 Jan 2001
By "bookphile" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is truly a wonderful book. I notice it is being reprinted in Spanish, but not in English. Publishers take note and bring this charming book back!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book should be back in print! 29 Jan 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is on of the all-time classic children's books. Graves incorporates the same sense of humor and irony in this story that make his Claudius books so fun to read. The book is a big green book about a big green book, and both the real book and the fictional one contain magic of the best kind. With wonderful illustrations by Sendak, this book should not be out of print. I suggest a firm letter writing campaign to the publisher, and if this doesn't work, perhaps a huge, nationwide sit down strike!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great book; a boy finds a magical book in the attic..... 26 Nov 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about an orphan who finds a magical book in his attic. He tries a magic trick from the book which turns him in to an old man. One day he went outside and when his aunt and uncle came from a walk with his dog they couldn't find the boy. This is how the book begins and continues through all kinds of interesting and exciting adventures
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