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A.A. Milne by Ann Thwaite
Book DescriptionA.A. Milne is one of the most successful English writers ever. His heart-warming creations - Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet - have become some of the best-loved children's characters of all time, and readers the world over are familiar with the stories from the "Hundred Acre Wood". Yet the man himself has remained an enigma. Although in many ways his behaviour was that of a typical golf-playing, pipe-smoking Englishman, Milne refused to be typecast, and his publishers despaired when he turned from writing popular columns for "Punch" to writing detective stories. They complained again when the detective writer presented them with a set of children's verse, but when "When We Were Very Young" became one of the best-selling books of all time, Milne's credibility as one of the world's favourite authors was sealed. And yet, for his son Christopher Robin, the success of his father was to be an almost intolerable burden. In this prize-winning classic biography, Ann Thwaite reveals the man behind Pooh in all his complexity, including his experiences at the Somme in 1916 and his relationship with literary giants such as H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse and J.M. Barrie. She constructs a vivid and poignant portrayal of the inscrutable man and his stories, which earned so much devotion among readers that, eighty years since their creation, this portrait of their creator remains a must for followers of Pooh - whatever their age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780752440859
(198mm x 125mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ann Thwaite
A. Milne, Paperback (August 2014)
Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Biography
Two People, Paperback (February 2009)
Two People considers how a relationship can be made to work when the people concerned have little in common but the feelings that they shared when they fell in love. Although A.A. Milne is best known for his Winnie the Pooh stories, this novel displays his considerable skill and power as a writer of adult fiction.
Edmund Gosse, Paperback (March 2007)
The life of Edmund Gosse was one of continuous contradiction. He was a precocious only child brought up by a father whose thinking was dominated by the Bible and the "Actinologica Britannica". This book presents a picture of Edmund Gosse without ignoring his many contradictions, showing how they reflect the complexity of his singular genius.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Ann Thwaite
Frances Hodgson Burnett, like the characters in her novels, experienced reversal of fortune, and knew extremes of poverty and wealth. This biography aims to reveal the inner torture experienced by this writer of one of the best-loved children's books, "The Secret Garden".
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Author Biography - Ann Thwaite
Ann Thwaite was born of New Zealand parents in London in 1929. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford and has been a writer, biographer and reviewer all her life. She lives with her husband, the poet Anthony Thwaite, in Norfolk
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