Alan Alexander Milne

Alan Alexander Milne

Biography of Alan Alexander Milne

Poet, writer, playwright, and journalist Alan Alexander Milne was born in London. His father was the headmaster at Henley House School, and Milne studied there under H.G. Wells. He earned a BA in mathematics at Cambridge University before moving to London, where he worked as the assistant editor of the humor magazine Punch for eight years (1906–1914). Milne served as an officer in the British army in World War I, after which he devoted his career to writing. 

Milne’s voice often incorporates humor and wordplay, but though his subjects are fanciful, they are often grounded in a serious emotional reality. After his only child, Christopher Robin, was born, Milne began to write the children’s books for which he is best known: two poetry collections, When We Were Very Young (1924) and Now We Are Six (1927), and the story books Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). His Toad of Toad Hall (1930) is an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Milne published prolifically in many genres, including numerous plays—most notably Mr. Pim Passes By (1919)—and a novel, The Red House Mystery (1922).

Milne also published poetry for adults, including Behind the Lines (1940) and The Norman Church (1948). He wrote three nonfiction books on war and pacifism, Peace with Honour (1934), War with Honour (1940), and War Aims Unlimited (1941), as well as the autobiographies When I Was Very Young (1930) and It’s Too Late Now: The Autobiography of a Writer (1939), and the essay collection Year In, Year Out (1952). 

Milne died on January 31, 1956, at his home in Sussex. A selection of his papers is held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Poems by Alan Alexander Milne

  1. At The Zoo
  2. Brownie
  3. Buckingham Palace
  4. Come Out With Me
  5. Cottleston Pie
  6. Daffodowndilly
  7. Disobedience
  8. Forgiven
  9. Forgotten
  10. From A Full Heart
  11. From: Gold Braid
  12. Furry Bear
  13. Halfway Down
  14. Happiness
  15. Hoppity
  16. If I Were King
  17. In The Fashion
  18. Independence
  19. Jonathan Jo
  20. Lines And Squares
  21. Market Square
  22. Missing
  23. Pinkle Purr
  24. Politeness
  25. Puppy And I
  26. Rice Pudding
  27. Sand-Between-The-Toes
  28. Sneezles
  29. Solitude
  30. Spring Morning
  31. Swing Song
  32. Tails
  33. Teddy Bear
  34. The Christening
  35. The Dormouse And The Doctor
  36. The End
  37. The Four Friends
  38. The Friend
  39. The King's Breakfast
  40. The Knight Whose Armour Didn'T Squeak
  41. The Mirror
  42. The Morning Walk
  43. The Three Foxes
  44. The Wrong House
  45. Tra-La-La, Tra-La-La
  46. Twice Times
  47. Twinkletoes
  48. Us Two
  49. Vespers
  50. Waiting At The Window
  51. Water Lilies
  52. Wind On The Hill