Few people today realise that the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, was a successful writer of adult novels, plays, essays and poems as well as children's books. He wrote many short stories for Good Housekeeping in the 1940s and 50s. Five of them are published here and all reveal Milner to be a witty and imaginative writer in the style of P.G. Wodehouse.

About the Author

Alan Alexander Milne was born in London in 1882 and educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1902 he was Editor of Granta, the university magazine, and moved back to London the following year to enter journalism.

By 1906 he was Assistant Editor of Punch, a post which he held until the beginning of the First World War when he joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Leaving the army in 1919 he began to write plays, the best known of them being Mr. Pim Passes By, The Dover Road, The Truth About Blayds, Michael and Mary and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows - Toad of Toad Hall.

He married Dorothy Selincourt in 1913 and had a son, Christopher Robin. By 1924 Milne was already a successful playwright, and published the first of his four books for children, a set of poems called When We Were Very Young, which he wrote for his son. This was followed by the storybook Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, more poems in Now We Are Six (1927) and further stories in The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

In addition to his most famous works, Milne also produced many novels, including The Red House Mystery and Two People (1931), volumes of essays, detective stories and light verse, and continued to be a prolific writer until his death in 1956.

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