Golden Age

Golden Age

Author: Kenneth Grahame
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Duration: 3:57:02
Copyright Year: 1895
English

Golden Age

The Golden Age is a collection of reminiscences of childhood, written by Kenneth Grahame and originally published in book form in 1895, in London by The Bodley Head, and in Chicago by Stone & Kimball. (The Prologue and six of the stories had previously appeared in the National Observer, the journal then edited by William Ernest Henley.) Widely praised upon its first appearance—Algernon Charles Swinburne, writing in the Daily Chronicle, called it “one of the few books which are well-nigh too praiseworthy for praise”—the book has come to be regarded as a classic in its genre. Typical of his culture and his era, Grahame casts his reminiscences in imagery and metaphor rooted in the culture of Ancient Greece; to the children whose impressions are recorded in the book, the adults in their lives are “Olympians,” while the chapter titled “The Argonauts” refers to Perseus, Apollo, Psyche, and similar figures of Greek mythology. Grahame’s reminiscences, in The Golden Age and in the later Dream Days (1898), were notable for their conception “of a world where children are locked in perpetual warfare with the adult ‘Olympians’ who have wholly forgotten how it feels to be young”—a theme later explored by J. M. Barrie and other authors. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Prologue: The Olympians
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A Holiday
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A White-Washed Uncle
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Alarums and Excursions
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The Finding of the Princess
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Sawdust and Sin
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"Young Adam Cupid"
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The Burglars
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A Harvesting
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Snowbound
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What They Talked About
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The Argonauts
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The Roman Road
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The Secret Drawer
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"Exit Tyrannus"
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The Blue Room
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A Falling Out
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"Lusisti Satis"
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