A. A. Milne, responsible. Alan Alexander Milne (born January 18, 1882 in London, died January 31, 1956 in Hartfield) - British writer, author of children's books Winnie the Pooh (1926) and Hut of the Pooh (1928).
He was born in Hartfield, London, the third son of John Vine Milne, headmaster of a private boys' school, and Sarah Maria Milne. He had two older brothers: David Barrett and Kenneth John. The other brother played a very important role in his life. Ken, because that was what Alan called him, was an authority for him both in his personal and professional life. Thanks to his older brother, he got to know the taste of the first hiking and cycling trips, and with Ken he also took his first steps in writing. They both liked to write, they liked short prose forms the most. They enjoyed creating concise, humorous poems. For two years they corresponded with each other, sending each other their own poems.
Young Alan was one of the brightest students in his father's school, which was then quite high. At Henley House, Alan collaborated with The Henley House School Magazine, publishing multiple articles there. He attended Westminster School and then Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he graduated in mathematics in 1903. In his autobiography, he admits that he hesitated between choosing the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Ultimately, he chose the latter because of the student satirical magazine "Grant", to which he wrote, and later even took the position of editor there. During his studies, he met a person who had a significant impact on his life. He was one of the teachers and later also a close friend, H.G. Wells, who made young Milne discover his calling and later became a famous writer.
John Vince Milne has decided that when his sons graduate from school each will receive a thousand pounds. Alan took his money and flew to London, where he began his career as an author. Meanwhile, the money ran out and he was forced to work as a freelance writer for a local newspaper. It was then that a parody of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes was created, The Rape of the Sherlock, initially rejected by the magazine "Punch" and then accepted by the "Vanity Fair" for the sum of fifteen shillings. Then the song Lovers in London (1905) was written, which turned out to be a total failure. The author was so ashamed of it that he made sure that it would never be published again. From 1906, he wrote regularly for Punch, mostly short articles. As his financial situation became more stable, he decided to try to write another book. However, the owner of Punch told him to wait and offered to work as assistant editor. Meanwhile, Milne began writing his second book, The Days Play. It was then that Owen Seamen introduced him to his goddaughter Dorothy De Selincourt.
In 1913, Alan and Dorothy got married, and a year later Milne joined the military because, despite his pacifist views, he felt that he could not remain idle in the face of world war. After returning from the front, he called the time spent in the war and the war itself a nightmare. His most famous play, Mr Pim Passes By, was staged in 1920.
In October 1920, Milne's only son, Christopher Robin (Krzyś), was born. From that moment on, Alan began to write numerous poems that he gave his wife as gifts, and she sent them straight to the magazines. Soon it became loud about his short pieces, and Milne himself was asked for more. Children's poems became so popular that he decided to publish them. This is how the collection of 24 poems When We Were Young was created, and Milne began his career as a writer of books for children (1924). This collection is illustrated