Late birthday wishes to A. A. Milne…
My 201st blog post – a reblog from Yolly about the man who wrote (among other things) about the goings-on of the inhabitants in One Hundred Acre Wood.
18 January is Pooh Day, celebrating the birthday of A.A. Milne in 1882.
There is no doubt in my mind that Milne tapped into a deep understanding of the human condition with his Pooh stories.
Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. He served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, where he was injured on the battle of the Somme, and was a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II. Milne did not speak out much on the subject of religion, although he used religious terms to explain his decision, while remaining a pacifist, to join the Home Guard: “In fighting Hitler”, he wrote, “we are truly fighting the Devil, the Anti-Christ … Hitler was a crusader against God.”
When he was growing up, one of his teachers was H. G…
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