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|A. A. Milne
playwright, screenwriter, author of mystery novels and children's stories, collector of short stories
Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on January 18, 1882, the third son of a schoolmaster. A gifted mathematician, at the age of 11 he won a scholarship to the Westminster School. He then went on to Trinity College, Cambridge University, from which he received his degree in mathematics in 1903.
Despite his mathematical gifts, Milne was determined to be a writer. In 1906, he became an assistant editor of the satirical magazine Punch, where he remained until 1914. Most of his early books were collections of stories originally published in Punch.
In 1913, Milne married Dorothy de Selincourt, and soon after moved to a house in London's Chelsea section. He spent about a year serving in France during World War I before developing trench fever and being sent home. His only son, Christopher Robin, was born in 1920.
In 1925, Milne wrote a Christmas story for the Evening News called "Winnie the Pooh," which was based on Christopher and his favorite teddy bear. The story proved so popular that, in 1926, he expanded the story into the book Winnie the Pooh; the sequel, The House at Pooh Corner, was released in 1928. Both Pooh books, as well as most of his Milne's other children's books, were illustrated by E.H. Shepard. The Pooh books now rank among the most popular of all children's books.
A stroke in 1952 left him an invalid. He died on January 31, 1956.
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