A.A.Milne was born in London in 1882.Both his parents were school teachers. After attending Westminister school he won a scholorship to Cambridge, where he edited a student magazine Granta. In 1906 he became the assistant editor of Punch magazine. He was just 24 years old. Just before the outbreak of the First World War he married Daphne de Selincourt. When the war started he became a commisioned officer and was sent to France but contracted trench fever and was sent home.Fortunately for him and for us he survived the Great war.
While back at home, Alan spent his time writing plays and had a number of commercial successes. In 1925 he wrote a newspaper story about his son Christopher Robin and his teddy bear and called it “Winnie the Pooh”.. The lovable bear had made his first appearence!
The beautiful Ashdown Forest was the location for that story and all the others to follow.. Both Milne and E.H. Shepard walked the forest together sketching and discussing how they could collaborate together. Winnie the Pooh was published on the 14th of October in 1926.It was a great success. More books followed .”Now we are six” in 1927 and one year later, “The House at Pooh Corner”.His son Christopher Robin and his stuffed toy animals were the inspiration for all the characters to follow in his books.
A.A Milne also had a big hit on his hands in 1929 when he wrote “Toad in Toad Hall” based on Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in The Willows”.. Throughout the Second World War he continued to write verse for Punch magazine.. His last book was published in 1952 “Year in Year Out”.. Although he wrote many plays and books he never reached the same level of popular success as the Pooh books. When he was 70 years old he suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered.He died 3 years later on the 31st of January 1956 aged 74 years. He will forever be known as the man who created the immortal characters of Winnie the Pooh and his delightful friends.