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Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works

Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

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A. A. Milne

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This is a brief discussion of A. A. Milne and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Milne.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Milne: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Milne tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Milne worthy; in sum, to help you rank A. A. Milne (and the works by Milne listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About A. A. Milne

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other A. A. Milne Resources

A. A. Milne Resources on the Web

While there is a slew of Milne material on the web, the problem is to extract meaningful appreciation and critical analysis from the morass of treacly tributes to Pooh by folk who appear never to have themselves grown past Christopher Robin’s mental age (and if I see one more copy of that stiff posed old photo, I will gag). That said, there are some good resources.

Probably the foremost resource is the dedicated Milne site The Page at Pooh Corner (that site is now defunct: the link is to an archived copy). Another excellent resource is the Milne page at the always delightful Author’s Calendar site. The Milne page at LitWeb is notable for links to Milne works other than Pooh. And there is a most charming, and ultimately significant, appreciation of the Pooh works, Lessons from a Bear of Very Little Brain, by Sam Torode, at the Boundless webzine.

Possibly worth noting here is that Milne penned a murder mystery, The Red House Mystery; it is now—rightly, many feel—largely forgotten. Nonetheless, reprints do come out from time to time.

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A. A. Milne Resources in Print

For these, one can do no better than to refer to the Page at Pooh Corner Bookstore list of Milne biographies and criticism. (The completist might also want to review that site’s “Other Pooh-related Books” list.)

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by A. A. Milne ****

(Children’s books. There are countless bastardizations and chop-ups of the original tales; seek out only authentic, unedited versions of Milne’s actual works—no more, no less—preferably with the original illustrations.)

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