October 14, 1926 – Winnie-the-Pooh First Published

The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published.

Winnie-the-Pooh is a children’s book by English author A.A. Milne (1882-1956). The first edition of this work was published in 1926 by Methuen & Co (London). The American first edition was published also in 1926 by E.P. Dutton & Company. Background

The character of Winnie-the-Pooh was first introduced in Milne’s children’s verse book, When We Were Very Young (1924), in one poem. He was based on a teddy bear owned by Christopher Robin, Milne’s son. The ‘Hundred-Acre Wood’ forest in which the bear lives is based on Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Pooh then went on to be the star of his own book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928 – Methuen & Co). Several poems were written about Pooh in Milne’s 1927 book of verse Now We Are Six. These volumes all featured the timeless illustrations of E. H. Shepard, and together created one of the most iconic and loveable children’s characters in history. The character has even been used to explain various spiritual and philosophical theories. The sport of Poohsticks, introduced as a game in The House at Pooh Corner, is now a game played worldwide, and there is even a yearly World Championship Poohsticks race in Oxfordshire.

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