“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” Does this quote remind you of someone? Of course, of the cute little yellow bear, Winnie the Pooh. Wondering who fancied the creation of this bear character? Well, it was A. A. Milne. A pioneer in penning children’s books, Milne has contributed immensely to the literary world throughout his career. From his satirical write-ups in Punch, to his spy story in “The Red House Mystery” to the highly imaginative and creative tales of Winnie the Pooh, Milne has catered to a wide array of audience. During his active years, Milne made a name for himself as a playwright as well. Milne’s contribution as a novelist and poet in the genre of children’s literature has been exemplary and it is for the same that his character still continues to enjoy roaring success even today. To know more about the life and career of Milne, browse through the following lines.
- Born to Vince and Sarah Marie Milne, Alan Alexander Milne was brought up in his father’s school, Henley House, along with his two elder brothers, David Barrett Milne and Kenneth John Milne.Later, in 1893, he won a scholarship to Westminster School where he studied for seven years before taking admission at the Trinity College, Cambridge.Career
- It was at Cambridge that Milne’s first stint at writing showed up. Along with his brother Ken, Milne wrote and edited for a student magazine, Granta. Also, during this period came Milne’s first work, “Lovers in London”.He, next, turned to writing articles for a British satirical magazine, Punch.Not long after, he gained the position of an assistant editor at Punch.Milne generated 18 plays and 3 novels in this phase of his life.In 1920, Milne made his debut as a screenwriter, by writing four stories for the company Minerva Films, “The Bump”, “Twice Two”, “Five Pound Reward” and “Bookworms”.Four years later, he came up with his first collection of children's poems “When We Were Very Young”.Meanwhile, inspired by his son’s stuffed toys, Milne wrote a Christmas story for the Evening News about a boy named Christopher Robin and his Teddy Bear. This was the first official appearance of the honey-loving bear, Winnie the Pooh.The book was published in London on October 14th, 1926. Milne’s then, recently bought country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex served as the setting for most of the Pooh stories.The following year, came Alan’s second book of children's poetry “Now We Are Six”. “The House At Pooh Corner”, the second book of the Pooh series was published in 1928.Later, Milne concentrated on writing plays and released several works of his, which included The Ivory Door, Toad of Toad Hall (adaptation of The Wind in the Willows), Michael and Mary, Other People's Lives, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, Sarah Simple, Gentleman Unknown, The General Takes Off His Helmet, The Ugly Duckling and Before the Flood.“Year in, Year out” was the last book published by Alan in 1952. The book acclaimed great success.Personal Life & Legacy
- Milne married Dorothy "Daphne" de Sélincourt in 1913, and their only son, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920.In October 1952, Alan had a stroke, which left him invalid more than three years, before he breathed his last on January 31, 1956.Posthumously, Milne won the Lewis Caroll Shelf Award in 1958.There were four beneficiaries for the rights to the Pooh books, which included his family, the Royal Literary Fund, Westminster School and the Garrick Club.In 1961, Dorothy sold her part of the rights of the Pooh Books to the Walt Disney Company, which further immortalized Milne’s creation by chalking out a cartoon series of the same. The company went ahead and started selling merchandise of Winnie the Pooh which was very well received by the audience worldwide.
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