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Stunning A.A. Milne ALS penned just weeks before publication of Winnie The Pooh with fabulous association
Chelsea, UK, September 29, 1926. 5.5" x 7.5". "Two sided ALS, signed in full signature ""A.A. Milne"". 5.5""x 7.5"" on stationary with letterhead of 13, Mallord Street, Chelsea, S.W.3. Tel Kensington 2074. Expected center fold. Near fine.An intriguing most humorous letter written by Milne dated Sept 29, 1926 as ""29 ix 26"" (with the month written in Roman numerals a format Milne used from time to time). The letter was written just weeks before the publication of Milne's most famous work which launched his status as a writer and introduced the world to his beloved character, ""Winnie The Pooh"". Of additional interest other than the insight into Milnes sense of humor, are several of Milnes references in his letter to touch points revolving around Winnie The Pooh. First Milne refers to a person in his letter as a ""cygnet"" (a young swan). A reference which may have been top of mind as Winnie The Pooh was a blended name created by Milne, being a combination of the name ""Pooh"", named after a (cygnet) swan they met on holiday and ""Winnie"", named after a Canadian black bear cub they often saw at the London zoo. And second there is a reference to Milne's publisher, Methuen, who he pokes fun with when he thought he was forced/required to write a letter to Methuen (Methuen was the publisher of the Pooh books) when clearly his preference instead he was looking forward to commence with a serial story for The Daily Mail as he ""thought he got a literary situation"" All-in a most humorous letter with Milne even making fun of practicing his signature. Below is the letter in full, which he signs using both his sarcastic nickname ""The Pen"", and again using his full name as ""A.A. Milne""""My Dear Sir I have arrived safely at the house to which you sent me and I think that I shall like the situation. I wanted to begin a serial story for the Daily Mail at once, but the man here said ""No, there's a letter we must write first"", I said ""Oh, I see"", and began writing ""Dear Methuen"" but he snatched me away from the paper and said it wasn't that sort of letter at all, which disappointed me rather because I thought I had got a literary situation. But he promises me we should (illegible) some poetry afterwards, so I said ""All right"" And of course which he began ""Dear Vincent"", I said ""Oh I know that man well; let me write the letter, while you get the ink off your hands"" He was terribly pleased with me, and I'm to keep on saying ""Thank you"" until I ran out of ink. I expect he has only (illegible) me of those common pens before, because if I went on saying ""Thank you"" until I had run out of ink, we should never get that (illegible) done today. But I really am to say ""Thank you very much … and I'm ... proud of my pen"", and something about hoping his work would be worthy of me, but here he is coming down from the bathroom, so I must close.Assuming you, Sir of my respects, and again thanking you for obtaining me this literary situation which I had always wanted from a cygnet or to speak.I am Yours faithfull [sic]The PenP.S. It was his fault about the ink, not mineP.P.S. Now we are going to practice his signature: A.A. MilneP.P.P.S. He says that the best (illegible)""A.A. Milne was most loved for his Winnie the Pooh series of books, all illustrated by E.H. Shepard, starting with :""When We Were Very Young"" in 1924 (Pooh's first appearance in poem #38, as ""Teddy Bear"", with the implied narrator of Christopher Robin""Winnie The Pooh"", 1926""Now We Are Six "" 1927""The House At Pooh Corner "" 1928A wonderfully fun early letter by Milne, likely written in a jocular manner to his friend Vincent Seligman, who was a German Jew whose family emigrated to the London and the USA in the 19th century. The letter just barely predates the vast success he achieved with his trilogy following the stories of The Adventures of Christopher Robin and Winnie The Pooh."
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