“It’s the birthday of the man who wrote, “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?'” That’s the children’s writer A.A. Milne, (books by this author) born in London (1882)…
Milne got married and had a son, a boy named Christopher Robin. And one day in 1923, he was feeling bored at a party, and he wrote a poem for kids, which he published in Punch with a few others…
A couple of years later, Milne wrote a book about Christopher Robin’s stuffed animals, and E.H. Shepard did the illustrations again. And that book was Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), which was immediately successful. In the next two years, he published another book of children’s poems, Now We Are Six (1927), and then The House at Pooh Corner (1928). And after that, most people didn’t take him seriously as a writer for adults anymore.
He said: “Ideas may drift into other minds, but they do not drift my way. I have to go and fetch them. I know no work manual or mental to equal the appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.”
Taken from the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor
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