40 Forever: Pooh!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.

–A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh.

A.A. Milne and the real Christopher Robin

Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? Well, when I was about 5 years old, I thought Disney’s Winnie the Pooh character was a bit too babyish. I had a 4 year old friend who always talked about “Pooh Bear this” and “Pooh Bear that” and I would think to myself, “Oh, grow up already!” A few years later, however, I changed my tune when I discovered the philosophical novels of A.A. Milne with delicately drawn “decorations” by Ernest H. Shepard.

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ps. Here is an interesting article about how Disney ruined Winnie the Pooh: Who killed Christopher Robin? Disney, that’s who.

pps. The title of the article is a reference to the true crime book about the murder of Brian Jones.

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ppps. The name of the book is a reference to the fact that Brian Jones lived in Cotchford Farm, the former home of A.A. Milne.

pppps. I never read the book about Brian Jones, but I absolutely LOVED the Keith Richards autobiography, Life.

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Posted by Rebecca Hickman at 10:46 PM

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