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CodeDS/UK/11194
Dates1882-1956
Person NameMilne; Alan Alexander (1882-1956); Author
SurnameMilne
ForenamesAlan Alexander
EpithetAuthor
GenderMale
HistoryAlan Alexander Milne was born in Kilburn, London on 18th January 1882 to John Vine Milne and Sarah Marie Milne (nee Heginbotham). Milne attended Westminster School and won a scholarship for Trinity College, Cambridge where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Mathematics. While at Cambridge he edited and wrote for the student magazine 'Granta', often collaborating with his brother Kenneth under the initials AKM. Milne became a contributor and later an assistant edititor at Punch magazine.

During the First World War he served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and later in the Royal Corps of Signals. In 1916 he was injured at the Battle of the Somme and was invalided back to England. He was then recruited into Military Intelligence to write propoganda articles for MI 7b between 1916 and 1918, and was discharged in 1919.

Milne married Dorothy 'Daphne' de Selincourt in 1913 and their son Christopher Robin Milne was born in 1920. In 1925, Milne bought Cotchford Farm in Hartfield, East Sussex.

Between 1903 and 1925 Milne published 18 plays and 3 novels, including 'The Red House Mystery' in 1922. His son, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920 and in 1924 Milne produced a collection of children's poems called 'When We Were Very Young' which were illustrated by the Punch staff cartoonist E H Shepard. A collection of short stories for children called 'Gallery of Children', and other stories that became part of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, were first published in 1925.

Milne wrote four stories for the company Minerva Filoms, which were all filmed in 1920. They were 'The Bump', 'Twice Two', 'Five Pound Reward' and 'Bookworms'.

'Winnie-the-Pooh' was published in 1926, followed by 'The House at Pooh Corner' in 1928. A second collection of nursery rhymes, 'Now We are Six' was published in 1927. All three books were illustrated by E H Shepard. Milne also published four plays between 1926 and 1928.

In 1930, Milne adapted Kenneth Grahame's novel 'The Wind in the Willows' for the stage as 'Toad of Toad Hall'.

During the Second World War, Milne was Captain of the British Home Guard in Hartfield and Forest Row. He retired to Cotchfield Farm after he suffered a stroke. He was left an invalid after brain surgery in 1952. Milne died in 1956, aged 74
SourceWikipedia, accessed April 2017.
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EGM/MN/1/2/31Letter to Curtis Brown concerning price of 'It's Too Late Now'5 January 1940
EGM/MN/1/2/21Letter to A A Milne requesting permission to issue new edition of 'It's Too Late Now'19 February 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/22Letter to A A Milne providing update on sales of Winnie-the-Pooh books4 September 1942
EGM/MN/1/2/23Letter from A A Milne concerning book lent to him by publisher2 September 1942
EGM/MN/1/2/24Letter to A A Milne querying amendments to 'The Pocket A A Milne'5 June 1942
EGM/MN/1/2/25Letter to A A Milne confirming price increases for 'Winnie-the-Pooh' books12 March 1942
EGM/MN/1/2/26Letter to Curtis Brown confirming increase in price of Winnie-the-Pooh books12 March 1942
EGM/MN/1/2/27Letter to A A Milne concerning publishing business18 November 1941
EGM/MN/1/2/28Letter to A A Milne concerning review of 'Babar Story Book' 23 October 1941
EGM/MN/1/2/29Letter to A A Milne detailing sales of Winnie-the-Pooh books in 1940-19413 September 1941
EGM/MN/1/2/30Letter to A A Milne discussing price for 'The Christopher Robin Verses'4 July 1941
EGM/MN/1/2/32Letter to A A Milne concerning sales of 'It's Too Late Now'3 January 1940
EGM/MN/1/2/33Letter to A A Milne promising sales figures for 'It's Too Late Now'27 December 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/34Letter from A A Milne thanking Chamberlain for copy of new book26 December 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/35Letter to A A Milne concerning sales of first edition of 'It's Too Late Now'9 November 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/36Letter to A A Milne concerning sales and distribution of 'It's Too Late Now'17 October 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/37Letter to A A Milne requesting corrections for 'It's Too Late Now'13 October 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/38Letter to A A Milne concerning advance sales of 'It's Too Late Now'27 September 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/39Letter to Curtis Brown in gratitude for reduction in advance payment for 'It's Too Late Now'15 September 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/40Letter to A A Milne in gratitude for reduction in advance payment for 'It's Too Late Now.'15 September 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/41Letter from A A Milne concerning advance copy of 'It's Too Late Now'September 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/42Letter to A A Milne concerning revisions to 'It's Too Late Now'15 August 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/43Letter from A A Milne querying amendments to first proof of 'It's Too Late Now'13 August 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/44Letter to A A Milne confirming receipt of manuscript for 'It's Too Late Now'13 April 1939
EGM/MN/1/2/45Letter to A A Milne requesting he write a sequel to 'Peace With Honour.'2 August 1938
EGM/MN/1/2/46Memorandum of interview with A A Milne concerning 'Peace With Honour'24 September 1935
EGM/MN/1/2/47Letter from A A Milne concerning progress writing new book10 December 1933
EGM/MN/4/1The House at Pooh Corner
EGM/MN/4/2The Christopher Robin Story Book
EGM/MN/4/3Tales of Pooh
EGM/MN/4/4The Christopher Robin Birthday Book
EGM/MN/4/5The Christopher Robin Verses
EGM/MN/4/6Now We Are Six
EGM/MN/4/7Winnie-the-Pooh and The Bees - A Pop-up Picture Book
EGM/MN/4/8Winnie-the-Pooh
EGM/MN/2/1Photograph: 'Teddy Bear' poem in 'Punch' magazine 192420th century
EGM/MN/2/2Photograph: 'Binker' poem in 'Pears' Annual' 192520th century
EGM/MN/2/4Photograph: Ink drawing of A A Milne 195720th century
EGM/MN/2/7Photograph: A A Milne20th century
EGM/MN/2/8/6Photograph: Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin playing poohsticks20th century
EGM/MN/2/8/8Photograph: A A Milne20th century
EGM/MN/1/1Correspondence with A A Milne and Curtis Brown concerning published works unrelated to 'Winnie-the-Pooh'1940-1941
EGM/MN/1/1/1Letter to A A Milne concerning libel in 'War Aims Unlimited.' 29 May 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/2Letter to E Stewart Fay concerning libel in 'War Aims Unlimited.'28 May 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/3Letter to A A Milne concerning printing of 'War Aims Unlimited'26 May 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/4Letter from A A Milne concerning publishing proofs of 'Behind the Lines'24 August 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/5Letter from A A Milne concerning synopsis of 'War Aims Unlimited'1940s
EGM/MN/1/1/6Letter to A A Milne concerning first chapters of 'War Aims Unlimited'22 April 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/7Letter from A A Milne concerning progress writing 'War Aims Unlimited.'21 April 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/8Letter to A A Milne offering to publish 'War Aims Unlimited.'16 April 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/9Letter from A A Milne introducing 'War Aims Unlimited'16 April 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/10Letter to A A Milne concerning his suggestions for an educational Babar book13 February 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/11Letter from A A Milne declining opportunity to write new Babar book8 February 1971
EGM/MN/1/1/12Letter to A A Milne requesting meeting to discuss 'The Babar Story Book.'5 February 1941
EGM/MN/1/1/13Letter to A A Milne concerning title for compilation book 'The Pocket A A Milne'17 December 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/14Letter from A A Milne suggesting title for 'The Pocket A A Milne'15 December 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/15Preface to 'The Pocket A A Milne'December 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/16Letter to A A Milne concerning sales of 'Behind the Lines'28 November 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/17Letter to A A Milne concerning distribution of 'Behind the Lines'22 October 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/18Letter from A A Milne praising advance copies of 'Behind the Lines' 18 October 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/19Letter to A A Milne concerning publication of 'Behind the Lines'11 October 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/20Letter to A A Milne concerning criticisms of proofs of 'Behind the Lines'27 August 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/21Letter to A A Milne concerning dust jacket for 'Behind the Lines'14 August 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/22Letter from A A Milne concerning dust jacket for 'Behind the Lines'8 August 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/23Letter to A A Milne enclosing proof of 'Behind the Lines'7 August 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/24Letter to Curtis Brown concerning publication of 'Behind the Lines'1 August 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/25Letter to Curtis Brown concerning manuscript for 'Behind the Lines'18 July 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/26Letter from Curtis Brown concerning publication date for 'Behind the Lines'17 July 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/27Letter to A A Milne concerning completion of 'Behind the Lines'4 July 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/28Letter from A A Milne confirming completion of 'Behind the Lines'2 July 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/29Letter to Curtis Brown concerning Milne's idea to add explanations to poems in 'Behind the Lines'29 May 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/30Letter to A A Milne concerning his suggestion to add explanations to poems in 'Behind the Lines'28 May 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/31Letter from Curtis Brown concerning idea of explanations in 'Behind the Lines'25 May 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/32Letter from A A Milne suggesting the addition of explanations to poems in 'Behind the Lines'24 May 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/33Letter to A A Milne concerning publication of 'Once On a Time'1 May 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/34Letter from A P Watt and Son concerning publication of 'Once On a Time'30 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/35Letter from A A Milne concerning publication of 'Once On a Time.'8 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/36Letter to A A Milne concerning whether 'Once On a Time' is out of print3 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/37Letter to Curtis Brown concerning promotion of 'It's Too Late Now'8 May 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/38Letter to Christina Foyle ceasing negotiations to publish Foyle's Book Club edition of 'It's Too Late Now'16 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/39Letter from Christina Foyle refusing quotation for Foyle's Book Club edition of 'It's Too Late Now'13 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/40Letter to Christina Foyle with final offer for Foyle's Book Club edition of 'It's Too Late Now'12 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/41Letter to Christina Foyle with offer to publish Foyle's Book Club edition of 'It's Too Late Now'10 April 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/42Letter to Christina Foyle concerning paper costs for 'It's Too Late Now'28 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/43Letter to Curtis Brown concerning production of Foyle's Book Club edition of 'It's Too Late Now'13 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/44Letter to Curtis Brown detailing offer from Foyle's bookshops to make 'It's Too Late Now' book of the month6 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/45Letter from Curtis Brown enclosing contract from A A Milne21 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/46Letter from Curtis Brown recording arrival of signed contract15 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/47Letter to Curtis Brown enclosing signed contract and regarding Canadian rights14 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/48Letter to Curtis Brown detailing advance and royalties for A A Milne poetry book6 March 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/49Letter to Curtis Brown returning collection of A A Milne poems9 February 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/50Letter from Curtis Brown enclosing selection of A A Milne poems6 February 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/51Letter to A A Milne concerning proposed poetry book8 February 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/52Letter to Curtis Brown requesting copy of A A Milne poems18 January 1940
EGM/MN/1/1/53Letter from Curtis Brown concerning price rise and new poems17 January 1940
EGM/MN/1/2Correspondence with A A Milne and Curtis Brown Limited concerning published works1933-1991
EGM/MN/1/2/1Memorandum concerning loan of A A Milne correspondence25 February 1991
EGM/MN/1/2/3Letter from Spencer Curtis Brown concerning publication of A A Milne book in Australia1 May 1946
EGM/MN/1/2/4Letter to Spencer Curtis Brown concerning Australian publication of 'The Red House Mystery' 29 April 1946
EGM/MN/1/2/5Letter from Spencer Curtis Brown concerning licence for 'The Red House Mystery' in Australia 9 April 1946
EGM/MN/1/2/6Letter to Spencer Curtis Brown concerning retirement of C W Chamberlain31 January 1946
EGM/MN/1/2/7Letter from A A Milne concerning copies of 'It's Too Late Now'7 December 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/8Letter from A A Milne concerning injuries sustained by his son, Christopher Milne during World War Two19 October 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/9Letter to A A Milne concerning cartoonists14 June 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/10Letter from A A Milne suggesting publication of book of political cartoons12 June 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/11Letter to A A Milne confirming receipt of reader's report3 April 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/12Letter from A A Milne enclosing a report and joking about bomb damageApril 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/13Letter to Curtis Brown concerning quality of A A Milne books produced in Australasia 27 March 1944
EGM/MN/1/2/14Letter to A A Milne concerning new edition of 'It's Too Late Now' and recommending books to read21 September 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/15Letter from A A Milne concerning books sent to him by Methuen and Company LimitedSeptember 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/16Letter to A A Milne concerning prices of his books25 August 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/17Letter to A A Milne concerning low levels of book stocks30 April 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/18Letter to Curtis Brown concerning new edition of 'It's Too Late Now'9 March 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/19Letter to A A Milne responding to his suggestions for new edition of 'It's Too Late Now'26 February 1943
EGM/MN/1/2/20Letter from A A Milne concerning format of new edition of 'It's Too Late Now'24 February 1943
EGM/10/1Winnie-the-Pooh2006
EGM/10/3When We Were Very Young
EGM/10/5The House at Pooh Corner
EGM/10/4Now We Are Six
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