I don’t think that there is anyone young or old who does not know the cute little bear called Winnie the Pooh. He was the creation of writer A.A. Milne who immortalized his son Christopher Robin in his books “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner”. I can tell you I really love it when Disney decided to make Pooh cartoons and on the dreariest of days, they can still make me smile when I watch them on YouTube.
Author A.A. Milne was born in London, England. Both of his parents were teachers. His father worked as the headmaster at a school where writer H.G. Wells taught. At a young age, Milne started writing humorous works and when he attended Cambridge he was the editor of the undergraduate paper. He left Cambridge in 1903 and headed to London to write. Even though he didn’t earn too much he still supported himself with his writing until he joined Punch a humor magazine in 1906. Milne was an editor and also wrote humorous verse and essays for the magazine for eight years. It was at this time that he wrote his first book for adults.
The author and his son Christopher Robin
After marrying Daphne in 1913 Milne found himself heading for France two years later to serve in WWI. During the time he was in the military he wrote three plays. One of them “Mr. Pim Passes By” became very popular in 1919. Then in 1920, their son Christopher Robin was born and five years later they bought Cotchford Farm in Sussex. Close-by there was a forest which was the inspiration for the 100-Acre Wood where Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends lived. Milne wrote two volumes of verse for his son titled “When We Were Very Young” in 1924 and “Now We Are Six” in 1927.
You could say that Winnie-the-Pooh was born when Christopher Robin turned one at which time he got a stuffed bear for a present. The little boy got more and more stuffed animals and this inspired Milne to start writing stories about the toys. The first book “Winnie-the-Pooh” came out in 1926 and the second book “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. Both books were illustrated by Ernest Shepard. Milne also wrote lots of other books but this one about the silly old bear is the one which he is most fondly remembered for. He passed away in 1956.
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