A.A. Milne

A picture of the author A.A. Milne

We were surprised to discover a trove of delightful grown-up stories by A. A. Milne (1882 -1956), now available in the public domain. We're still waiting on public domain access to 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: 18 plays and 3 novels by 1925, and a British screenwriter 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 The Sunny Side and Once On a Time because, though they aren't well known, his writing style and ability to make even mundane observations seem interesting, provides a different perspective from this popularly known children's author. Milne served as a soldier in both the Great War (1915-1919) and as a captain in World War II. His short stories and plays are a lovely find, many of which are set in woods, not all as famous as the one his beloved character Winnie the Pooh calls home.

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