Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne, freelance journalist, assistant editor, 
essayist, dramatist, novelist and children's author.  
Most famous for creating Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne 
was born on January 18, 1882.  Photograph 
courtesy of The Independent.
Generations of children have come to know and love the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood.  Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest--it is hard to imagine the world without them.  Born in the imagination of A.A. Milne, these endearing characters have been part and parcel of childhoods across the globe for nearly a century.  

On January 18, 2015 we celebrate the 133rd anniversary of the birth of Alan Alexander Milne.  Best known, of course, for the good-natured, honey-loving toy bear called Pooh and friends, Milne enjoyed a varied career before the birth of his most famous creations.  After earning a mathematics degree in 1903 he was a freelance journalist, assistant editor, essayist, dramatist and novelist.  Many of his plays achieved tremendous success on the stages of Britain and America.  As it happened, however, it was the publication in the 1920s of four famous books for children, all immediate hits, that guaranteed Milne a place in the ranks of classical children’s writers--When We Were Very Young in 1924, followed by Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926; Now We are Six in 1927; and The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. Translated into dozens of languages, Milne's Pooh books continue to be praised as masterpieces of children’s literature.  Makman, Lisa Hermine. Milne, A. A. (1882-1956).

Where It Began  A signed first edition of  When 
We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne, featuring the 
first appearance of Winnie-the-Pooh, auctioned 
for over $12,000 in 1999.  Image courtesy of 
To commemorate Milne's birthday, Reference and Children's Collection Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris has compiled the following for your enjoyment.

Books by and about A.A. Milne 

10 Fun Facts About Winnie-the-Pooh

8 Pieces of Profoundly Accurate Travel Advice, As Told by Winnie-the-Pooh

Pooh Pilgrimage

A Winnie-the-Pooh Quiz

11 Things You Might Not Know About Winnie-the-Pooh

Which Winnie-the-Pooh Character Are You?

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris

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