A.A. Milne’s timeless classic, Winnie-the-Pooh, has captivated the young generation with the innocent woodlands and a boy who finds solace in his furry little bear. The charming characters were based on Milne’s young son, Christopher Robin Milne and his stuff toy named Winnie-the-Pooh.
The writer was prodigiously diligent with his writing that by the time of his death he was able to write considerable anti-war polemics, about 40 screenplays, and an autobiography. But of all his masterpieces, one stands out and is greatly remembered, the stories revolving around his son and his stuffed toy, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Christopher Robin was taunted at school for his doppelganger character
Daphne Milne gave birth to Christopher Robin in 1920. They were expecting a girl and even picked out the name ‘Rosemary’, but when the boy came, they seemed to be desperate. The young Christopher Robin had his hair kept long and dressed in girlish clothes. Christopher Robin earned the nickname Billy Moon because he would mispronounce his last name.
A.A. Milne’s writings became more than just a source of pride for the young child, it became a course. Even at an early age, Christopher Robin was taunted by his classmates. His father’s first children’s poem collection included the poem “Vespers”. The lines, “Hush! Hush! Whispers who dares! Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.” became ridicule among his peers. He recounts this to be the work his father created and gave him many troubles in life.
Serving World War II and his Eventual Life After the Success of Winnie-the-Pooh
Christopher Robin was not keen on his father’s famous characters and distanced himself from him. He served during World War II, but never took interest in any of his works. The rights to the characters were sold to Disney after A.A. Milne’s death in 1956.
The real Christopher Robin married his first cousin, Lesley de Selincourt in 1948 and they had a child who suffered from severe cerebral palsy. His decision was against the wishes of his mother and in return, they never spoke to each other again.
Today, the stuffed characters A.A. Milne based his story from lives behind a display glass in the New York Public Library.