We were surprised to discover a trove of delightful grown-up stories by A. A. Milne (1882 -1956), now available in the public domain, though still awaitng his most famous children's stories featuring Christopher Robin and the beloved creatures who live in the hundred acre wood. Turns out, Milne was a prolific writer, crafting 18 plays and 3 novels by 1925, and several British screenplays as well. His collection of short stories for children, Gallery of Children became the basis of his most famous series of Winnie the Pooh books, first published in 1925. His son, Christopher Robin Milne, was the inspiration for his beloved curious boy in the stories.
Milne offers an endearing and self-effacing wit reflected in his stories for grown-ups. We feature several of his essays from his collection, If I May, witty observations about the everyday, published in 1920. Once On a Time is a collection of fantasy stories that appeal to all ages, an obvious precursor to his most famous work, the Winnie the Pooh series.
Milne served as a soldier the Great War (1915-1919) and as a captain in World War II. The Sunny Side (1921) includes some wartime stories and poems. Many of Milne's short stories and plays reveal his fascination and love for the woods, not all as famous as the hundred acre wood, the special place where his beloved character, Pooh, calls home.