The man who gave us Pooh

December 23, 1998|By Randi Kest

A.A. Milne is most famous for the creation of the Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin family of characters.

Born in 1882, Milne lived in England, where he attended Cambridge and became the editor of the school paper. Winnie-the-Pooh and company were not created until after Milne graduated, moved back to London and dabbled in newspapers, magazines and writing plays - excelling at all.

With the birth of his son, Christopher Robin Milne, in August 1920, Milne began writing verse for children. His first publication was "When We Were Very Young," printed in 1924. The enormous success of this work prompted him to write "Winnie-the-Pooh," published in 1926. Milne created the famous stuffed animal family from toys in Christopher Robin's nursery. The sequel, "The House at Pooh Corner," and another collection of pieces, "Now We Are Six," followed in 1927 and 1928.

Milne returned to writing plays after establishing himself as a children's author. His most successful venture in this field, "Toad of Toad Hall," based on Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows," is still performed and is a holiday favorite. He also continued writing essays, novels and poems until his death in 1956.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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