A.A. Milne


October 17, 2021

Alan Alexander Milne (born 18 January 1882, died 31 January 1956) was a British author, best known for his books on Ole Brumm. He also wrote nursery rhymes, some of which also deal with Ole Brumm and his friends. He was a well-known author, mainly as a playwright, long before the enormous success of Ole Brumm overshadowed his earlier literary works.

Life and work

Milnes had a background from Scotland, but he himself was born and raised in London. As a child, he had, among others, H.G. Wells as a teacher. He attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics. During his stay there, he appeared in print in the student magazine Granta. Milne wrote for a British humor magazine, where he later became assistant editor. Milne enlisted in the British Army during World War I, but after the war he wrote a condemnation of war in Peace with Honor (1934) (which he moderated somewhat in 1940 with War with Honor). In 1925 he bought a country house in Hartfield, East Sussex, where he moved after becoming disabled after a brain operation in 1952. He was married to Dorothy "Daphne" de Sélincourt from 1913 until 1956 at his death. They had a son, Christopher Robin Milne, born in 1920. As a child, he was the basis for the character Christopher Robin in Ole Brumm, The House on the Bear Corner and two collections of poems. In addition to the four children's books, the crime novel The Red House Mystery from 1922 has been published in Norwegian, as The Mystery in the Red House (1978).


External links

(en) Alan Alexander Milne - category of images, video or audio on Commons (en) A.A. Milne on the Internet Movie Database (no) A.A. Milne at the National Theater (sv) A.A. Milne in the Swedish Film Database (en) A.A. Milne on AllMovie (en) A.A. Milne at The Movie Database (en) A.A. Milne at the Internet Broadway Database (en) A.A. Milne at the Internet Broadway Database (en) A.A. Milne at Discogs (en) A.A. Milne at MusicBrainz (no) Alan Alexander Milne in NRK Author (en) Works by A.A. Milne in Project Gutenberg (en) Portraits of A. A. Milne in the National Portrait Gallery (en) Essays by Milne at Quotidiana.org (en) Milne extract in The Guardian

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