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A. A. Milne was an English author, poet, novelist, and playwright best known for his stories about Christopher Robin and his toy teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. He has written numerous poems, novels, and plays throughout his life.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
- Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882 in Kilburn, London, England.
- He was the third son of John Vine Milne and Sarah Marie Heginbotham Milne.
- Together with this two elder brothers, David Barrett and Kenneth John, Alan Alexander Milne attended the public school run by his father.
- One of Milne’s teachers was young H.G. Wells, famous English writer.
Milne then went on to attend Westminster School in London, and Trinity College in Cambridge.
- At Trinity College, he majored in Mathematics on a scholarship and wrote for student publication Granta.
- He collaborated with his brother Kenneth in a number of articles.
- Together they wrote under the initials AKM.
- In 1903, he earned his Mathematics degree and subsequently moved to London to pursue a freelance writing career.
- The British magazine Punch took an interest in his writing and by 1906, he joined the staff of the magazine where he wrote until 1914.
- In 1913, he married Dorothy “Daphne” de Sélincourt.
- Despite being a pacifist, Milne joined the British military service in 1915.
- He was on active duty during World War I, briefly serving in France before falling ill.
- When he was unfit to fight, he was asked to write for the military’s secret propaganda unit in 1916.
- In the propaganda unit, his job was to elicit support for the British and opposition to the Germans.
- He served in World War I and II, and was discharged from duty in 1919.
- In 1920, Milne and his wife had a son named Christopher Robin, which would be the name of the main protagonist in his Winnie-the-Pooh books.
MILNE THE PLAYWRIGHT AND NOVELIST
- After working for Punch and the military, Milne focused on writing plays.
- In the early 1920s, he published 18 plays and three novels.
- One of his most famous novels was The Red House Mystery published in 1922, his first and only detective novel.
MILNE THE POET
- In 1924, Milne began writing children’s poems dedicated to his son.
- These poems later formed the collections “When We Were Very Young” published in 1924, and “Now We Are Six” published in 1927.
- The graphics in Milne’s poem collections were illustrated by Punch cartoonist Ernest H. Shepard.
- One of the poems included in the collection was “Teddy Bear” where Winnie the Pooh first appeared. Milne wrote “Teddy Bear” in February 1924.
- His poetry collections became classics in children’s light verses.
- Despite finding success as a playwright, he is more known for his children’s poems.
MILNE THE SHORT STORY WRITER
- In 1925, a collection of children’s short stories written by Milne entitled “A Gallery of Children” was published.
- Some of the stories included in A Gallery of Children became part of the Winnie-the-Pooh books.
- In 1926, his most famous book “Winnie-The-Pooh” was published.
- The book was inspired by his son Christopher Robin and his toy stuffed animals.
- The book was followed by a second volume of stories entitled “The House at Pooh Corner” published in 1928.
- Winnie-the-Pooh features the adventures of a teddy bear called Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, and Rabbit.
- The characters Kanga, Roo, and Tigger were added to the book.
- The bear was named Winnie after a Canadian black bear named after the city of Winnipeg which was used as a military mascot in World War I.
- Illustrator E.H. Shepard modeled the character illustrations of Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Roo, after the stuffed toys of Milne’s son.
- The fictional setting Hundred Acre Wood is similar to the Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest where the Milnes have a nearby home.
- The success of the Winnie-the-Pooh books actually annoyed Milne to the point where he stopped writing for children. He didn’t like being typecast as a children’s writer.
- Another reason why Milne did not enjoy the immense popularity of Winnie-the-Pooh is because of the fame his son was exposed to.
- His son resented the fame and felt as if his childhood was exploited by his father. He later became estranged from his father because of it.
- The real stuffed toys of Christopher Robin are currently on display at the New York Public Library.
LATER WORK AND LEGACY
- In 1929, Milne adapted Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s novel “The Wind in the Willows” for the stage as “Toad of Toad Hall.”
- He continued to write a number of plays and novels in the 1930s and 1940s.
- In 1939, he wrote his autobiography “It’s Too Late Now.”
- Winnie the Pooh remained one of the most valuable characters in the 21st century.
A. A. Milne Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- A.A. Milne Facts
- Milne’s Memoir
- Timeline Check
- Writer of All Trades
- Character Match
- My Favorite Character
- Quotes from the Book
- Odd One Out
- Letter to Christopher Robin
- Children’s Book Authors
- I’m A Storyteller
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