Aa milne son: Alan Alexander Milne (January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English poet and author best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne was a well-known author, mainly as a playwright, until the enormous popularity of Winnie the Pooh eclipsed all of his previous work.
Milne fought in both World Wars, first as a lieutenant in the British Home Guard in World War I and then as a member of the British Army in World War II. Milne is well known for his two Pooh novels, which feature a boy called Christopher Robin, named after his son Christopher Robin Milne (1920–1996), and other characters based on his son’s stuffed animals, most notably Winnie-the-Pooh.
Originally named Edward, Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed bear was renamed Winnie after a Canadian black bear named Winnie (after Winnipeg) who served as a military mascot during World War I and was later donated to London Zoo. The word “The Pooh” comes from a swan named “Pooh” by young Milne.
The original Pooh books were illustrated by E. H. Shepard, who used his son’s teddy Growler (“a wonderful bear”) as a model. Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger, the rest of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys, were introduced into A. A. Milne’s tales, and two more characters – Rabbit and Owl – were developed by Milne’s imagination. In New York, 750 of Christopher Robin Milne’s own toys are on display.