The Works of A. A. Milne

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Although an extremely successful playwright author, talented poem author, and a superb novelist in his early years of writing, A. A. Milne is known around the world because of his highly treasured children’s book series, Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne’s love for writing and words started at a young age, but he didn’t pursue this career path until after graduating from Cambridge with a degree in mathematics according to S. Ward (9). Milne was able to relate to the young readers of his children’s books, as well as give a sort of distinguished outlook with the parents and adult readers. Alan ventured far beyond children’s literature, unwilling to stay with one type of writing for too long of a period of time. Because Alan Alexander Milne attempted many contrasting types of work, he showed to be skillful in writing a wide variety of compositions.

Milne’s love for literature began at a young age. John Vine Milne, A. A. Milne’s father, was an extremely competent and highly educated schoolmaster. He was the master of a school house for boys called the Henley House, which was located in London. His mother was a teacher as well. Alan did not prosper because of special attributes at home, as he had two older brothers that were not as auspicious as he. Alan Alexander had true talent from a young age. His father was at home one morning teaching the two older brothers how to read a small word. Although the brothers were unable to, John was appalled that “three-year-old Alan could. ‘Cat,’ he said” (Ward 6). In later years, at his father’s school house, Alan was taught by an extremely talented author, H. G. Wells. Milne and his brother Kenneth, together loved literature. Before Milne was a teenager, the two brothers reenacted dramas,...

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...Alan Alexander Milne amounted to much more than just an author of children’s books. He took a leap of faith into his writing career with not even a degree in literature. Milne’s hard work paid off as he became famous as a playwright, a novelist, a poetic author, and most importantly, a children’s author for his extremely successful Winnie-the-Pooh series. He used a simple, but intrinsic voice that helped him define and shape each line and character.

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"Alan Alexander Milne." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 8 March 2014.

Milne, A. A. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh. New York; Dutton Children’s Books,

1994. Print.

Milne, A. A. The Magic Hill. New York: Penguin Group Penguin Putnam Books for Young

Readers, 2002. Print.

Milne, A. A.. Rakkav. N.p.. Web. 10 Mar 2014.

Ward, S. Meet A. A. Milne. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 2001. Print.
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