Who is A.A. Milne?

Best known as the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, A. A. Milne is surely one of Britain's most respected children's authors. His books have been loved by children for nearly a century and the Disney adaptations of his Winnie-the-Pooh books have ensured his characters really have stayed alive in the public conscious. Everyone knows all about the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood but how much do you know about the man who invented it? Who was A.A. Milne? Read on to find out.

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When was A.A. Milne born?

A.A. Milne was born Alan Alexander Milne in Hampstead on 18 January, 1882. He died on 31 January, 1956 at the age of 74.

What was A.A. Milne's early life like?

His father was the headmaster of the private school he attended where he was taught by none other than famous science fiction author H.G. Wells. After studying at Westminster School, he embarked on a degree in Mathematics at Cambridge University.

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When did A.A. Milne start writing?

After university, he started his career as a writer, mostly writing humorous articles for Punch magazine until he was given the position of assistant editor. He also released a collection of children's poems called When We Were Very Young which was illustrated by E.H. Shepard, Milne's colleague at Punch, who would later go on to illustrate his most famous works, The Winnie-the Pooh series.

At this time, A.A. Milne was also producing novels, plays and even took on screenwriting for early British cinema.

What books did A.A. Milne write?

A.A. Milne was the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh stories and the famous novels Once on a Time and The Red House Mystery, a thrilling detective story.

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Who was A.A. Milne inspired by?

A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne's, teddy bear inspired the character of Winnie-the-Pooh, while Christopher Robin also made appearances in the book. All of Christopher's soft toys were included in the stories! Winnie-the-Pooh was given to Christopher Robin for his first birthday and was named after a black bear that lived at London Zoo. Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo were all once owned by the real Christopher Robin and all but Roo are on display at the New York Public Library.


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What was A.A. Milne's personal life like?

Milne married Daphne Selincourt in 1913 and their only child, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920.

He fought during World War I but was sent home after being injured at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. For the remainder of the war, he took on the role of writing propaganda articles for the British Military Intelligence.

In 1952, Milne had a stroke and died 3 years later. After his death, the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh were split between his family, Westminster School, the Royal Literary Trust and the Garrick Club (a gentlemen's club in London). The rights were split further, however, when his wife sold part of her rights to the Walt Disney Company.

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Now you know a little more about the man behind literature's favourite bear. A.A. Milne will always be best remembered for his Winnie-the-Pooh stories but in his life, he was known for his novels, plays, films and poetry so if his stories of the Hundred Acre Wood entertained you as a child maybe you should try some of his works for adults.

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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.
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    Far from the gentle slopes of the Hundred Acre Wood lies The Red House, the setting for A.A Milne's only detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder lay the foundations for a classic crime caper. And when the local police prove baffled, it is up to a guest at a local inn to appoint himself 'Sherlock Holmes' and, together with his friend and loyal 'Watson', delve deeper into the mysteries of the dead man. "The Red House Mystery" is a lost gem from a time before Tigger and a perfectly crafted whodunit with witty dialogue, deft plotting and a most curious cast of characters.
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    Curl up with a A A Milne's classic book of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by A A Milne - as popular now as when they were first written. Featuring E H Shepard's original illustrations, When We Were Very Young is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children's poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we've come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.
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    Curl up with a A. A. Milne's classic book of poetry for children, Now We Are Six. This work includes poems for children which feature Pooh helping Christopher Robin with his schoolwork (if helping is the word). It is an evocation of childhood, through the eyes of the six-year-old Robin. Featuring E. H. Shepard's original illustrations, Now We Are Six is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children's poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we've come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.