A.A. Milne: His Life

Ann Thwaite, Editor Random House (NY) $29.95 (553p) ISBN 978-0-394-58724-0
In this overly detailed life of Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956), Thwaite ( Edmund Gosse ) chronicles the British writer's childhood, spent with devoted parents and his two older brothers; his schooling under his father, a progressive headmaster; the fame and frustrations that attended his early adulthood. The book includes quotes from the memoirs of Milne's son Christopher, H. G. Wells, P. G. Wodehouse and other contemporaries, both friends and critics. Milne was a successful playwright when, during the 1920s, he created the Pooh books, international bestsellers. Bitter over waning interest in his adult works, he resented the popularity of his tender, witty children's classics. Thwaite emphasizes Milne's touchiness, among other of his character traits, as she describes this uniquely gifted writer's changing relationships with family members. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1990
Release date: 08/01/1990
Hardcover - 576 pages - 978-0-571-13888-3
Paperback - 419 pages - 978-0-7524-4085-9
Paperback - 712 pages - 978-1-4472-5307-5
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