Author: Alan Alexander Milne
Dates: 18 January 1882 -31 January 1956
Title: The Pooh and All All All
Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as anyone knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn’t. Anyhow, here he is at the bottom, and ready to be introduced to you. Winnie-the-Pooh.
When I first heard his name, I said, just as you are going to say, “But I thought he was a boy?”
“So did I,” said Christopher Robin.
“Then you can’t call him Winnie?”
“But you said – “
“He’s Winnie-ther-Pooh. Don’t you know what ‘ther’ means?”
“Ah, yea, now I do,” I said quickly; and I hope you do too, because it is all the explanation you are going to get.
Brief Biography: Milne was a noted writer and playwright and then came a bear called Pooh to overshadow all his previous work. During WW1 he served with Royal Warwickshire Regiment but after a debilitating illness was recruited by MI7 to write propaganda articles. Pooh made his first public appearance in a poem The Teddy Bear published in Punch magazine in 1924.