Monday, 18 January 2010

On this day...

British author A.A. Milne, was born in 1882. With the full name of Alan Alexander, Milne was privileged enough to enjoy an excellent education, being able to count none other than H.G. Wells among his teachers. After finishing a mathematics degree, Milne began a literary career in earnest, starting with contributions to satircal magazine 'Punch', of which he was later assisstant editor. The First World War brought an enforced break in his writing, as Milne joined the British army, serving as both an officer and later in electronic warfare. Upon resuming, Milne turned his hand to plays, of which he wrote 18, and novels, yet his best and most famous works ocuured after  1920, for it was then that his son, Christopher Robin, was born. His son's birth was followed four years later by Milne's poetry collection 'When We Were Very Young'  and then by the vastly popular 'Winnie the Pooh' series. Based on his son and his collection of stuffed animals, Winnie the Pooh and his friends have become some of the most enduring and loveable characters in children's literature. Milne died in 1956 at the age of 74, supposedly annoyed at the success of the books.

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