Alan Alexander Milne (; 18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. Milne served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, and as a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II.
Alan Alexander Milne (; 18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books more or less the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the big success of Pooh overshadowed anything his previous work. Milne served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, and as a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II.
He was the daddy of bookseller Christopher Robin Milne, upon whom the tone Christopher Robin is based.
Alan Alexander Milne was born in Kilburn, London to parents John Vine Milne, who was born in England, and Sarah Marie Milne (née Heginbotham). He grew taking place at Henley House School, 6/7 Mortimer Road (now Crescent), Kilburn, a little independent studious run by his father. One of his teachers was H. G. Wells, who taught there in 1889–90. Milne attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied on a mathematics scholarship, graduating past a B.A. in Mathematics in 1903. He edited and wrote for Granta, a student magazine. He collaborated similar to his brother Kenneth and their articles appeared higher than the initials AKM. Milne’s con came to the attention of the leading British humour magazine Punch, where Milne was to become a contributor and far along an partner in crime editor. Considered a bright cricket fielder, Milne played for two amateur teams that were largely composed of British writers: the Allahakbarries and the Authors XI. His teammates included fellow writers J. M. Barrie, Arthur Conan Doyle and P. G. Wodehouse.
Milne allied the British Army in World War I and served as an supervisor in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and later, after a debilitating illness, the Royal Corps of Signals. He was commissioned into the 4th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 1 February 1915 as a second lieutenant (on probation). His commission was confirmed upon 20 December 1915. On 7 July 1916, he was injured in the Battle of the Somme and invalided urge on to England. Having recuperated, he was recruited into Military Intelligence to write propaganda articles for MI7 (b) between 1916 and 1918. He was discharged upon 14 February 1919, and decided in Mallord Street, Chelsea. He relinquished his commission on 19 February 1920, retaining the rank of lieutenant.
After the war, he wrote a denunciation of prosecution titled Peace in imitation of Honour (1934), which he retracted somewhat with 1940’s War following Honour. During World War II, Milne was one of the most prominent critics of fellow English writer (and Authors XI cricket teammate) P. G. Wodehouse, who was captured at his country home in France by the Nazis and imprisoned for a year. Wodehouse made radio broadcasts just about his internment, which were announce from Berlin. Although the light-hearted broadcasts made fun of the Germans, Milne accused Wodehouse of committing an encounter of close treason by cooperating subsequent to his country’s enemy. Wodehouse got some revenge on his former friend (e.g. in The Mating Season) by creating fatuous parodies of the Christopher Robin poems in some of his unconventional stories, and claiming that Milne “was probably jealous of whatever other writers…. But I loved his stuff.”
Milne married Dorothy “Daphne” de Sélincourt (1890–1971) in 1913 and their son Christopher Robin Milne was born in 1920. In 1925, Milne bought a country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex.
During World War II, Milne was a captain in the British Home Guard in Hartfield & Forest Row, insisting on being plain “Mr. Milne” to the members of his platoon. He retired to the farm after a deed and brain surgery in 1952 left him an invalid, and by August 1953, “he seemed categorically old and disenchanted.” Milne died in January 1956, aged 74.