Thursday, 5 January 2012

Literature (Novelists): A.A.Milne (1882-1956)

Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956)
Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) was an English  novelist and playwright.He was primarily a playwright until the childrens literary
character of Winnie the Pooh,which would become his most famous work.

Winnie the Pooh soon became a children's classic,telling of the
adventures of young Christopher Robin,a character Milne based on his own son,Christopher Robin Milne,and his adventures with the stories titular character,a teddy bear named Winnie the Pooh,and their friends Piglet,Tigger,Ee-yore,Owl,Rabbit,Kanga &
Roo and Heffalumps who all lived in the 100 Acre Wood.

For a long while,Christopher Robin Milne grew to loathe his connection with his fictional counterpart.

 A.A.Milnes other works included:
 The Red House Mystery
 His only mystery novel,a ''Locked Room'' Whodunnit.

A Collection of Children's Poems,illustrated by E.H.Shephard
When We Were Very Young

Milne also adapted Kenneth Grahame's children's classic
Wind in the Willows for theatre as Toad of Toad Hall

 Homes Outside London

Cotchford Farm                                             A.A.Milne lived here from
Cotchford Lane                                               1925 to his death in 1956
East Sussex

House still Stands

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Ashdown Forest and the surrounding woodlands,not far from Cotchford Farm,
was the inspirational settings for A.A.Milnes Winnie the Pooh adventures,including 100 Acre Wood,Poohsticks Bridge and the House at Pooh Corner.

The 500 Acre Wood to the south is the fictional setting for the 100 Acre Wood.

Galleon's Leap is based upon the Ashdown Forest prominentory point of Gill's Lap,
and is marked by a plaque dedicated to A.A.Milne and the illustrator of the Pooh books,E.H.Shepherd.

There is an actual bridge over a stream in Ashdown Forest called Poohsticks Bridge,thought to
be where Milne took his son Christopher Robin and played the 'Poohsticks Race' which would
become immortalised in the Pooh stories.

A.A.Milne Links:

Disney Official Pooh

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