Christopher Milne was the world-famous son of A. A. Milne. This collection brings together passages from the four volumes of C. R. MilneÆs memoirs. Covering his much-publicized childhood, his war experiences, marriage, and proprietorship of a bookshop, this book presents an intriguing portrait of a gifted man. He chose to live simplyùa choice that ultimately brought a happiness that could never come from the empty fame of being the real Christopher Robin.
Table of Contents
PREFACE viiINTRODUCTION xiii PART ONE THE ENCHANTED PLACES 5 One The Interview 5 Two Names 14 Three Nursery Days 16 Four Self-Portrait 32 Five In the Country 36 Six Field and Forest 42 Seven Weathers 52 Eight The Toys 57 Nine The Busy Backson 61 Ten Another Portrait 67 Eleven She Laughed at My Jokes 73 Twelve The Enthusiast 78 Thirteen Collaboration 85 Fourteen Walking Alone 94 PART TWO THE PATH THROUGH THE TREES 105 Fifteen The Road Not Taken 105 Sixteen The Distant War 109 Seventeen Preparations for War 120 Eighteen Reflections on War 128 Nineteen War-The Horror 133 Twenty War-The Lesson 145 Twenty-one Changing Heart-Hedda 148 Twenty-two Downward-The Road to Work 158 Twenty-three Lesley de Selincourt 168 Twenty-four Westward 173 Twenty-five Bookselling-Setting Up Shop 178 Twenty-six Not Just Books 188 Twenty-seven Books and Selling Books 205 Twenty-eight Clare 224 Twenty-nine From Town Life to Country Life 232 Thirty The New Path 244 PART THREE FROM HILL TO OPEN GARDEN 259 Thirty-one Emotion 259 Thirty-two Efficiency and the Oil Beetle 270 Thirty-three The Egg, the Fox, and the Dagger 278