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Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish author best known for writing the children's book The Wind in the Willows.
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Having worked at the Bank of England for many years, he took an early retirement in 1908 following a traumatic incident. In 1903, a man entered the bank offices with a pistol. After speaking to Grahame, the man drew his weapon and fired several shots. Grahame was unhurt but was troubled by the incident.
Grahame's professional success did not carry over into his personal life. His marriage was unhappy, and his son, Alastair,
grew increasingly troubled through his adolescence. Alastair struggled in school and was ejected from several schools before enrolling at Christ Church, Oxford. In May of 1920, in his second year at Christ Church, Alastair took a walk to the railway running between Oxford and Wolvercote. He was found dead on the tracks the following morning. Although official records described the death as accidental, many signs pointed to suicide. Following the funeral, the devastated Grahames took a long vacation in Italy, away from their home and its memories of their son.
Grahame wrote very little following Alastair's death. In 1924, the Grahames moved to Pangbourne, near Oxford, where they lived out the remainder of their days. Kenneth Grahame died on July 6, 1932, and was buried in Oxford in the same grave as his son, Alastair.
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