A.A. Milne: Much More Than Just Pooh

Ann Weller Dahl '60
Monday, April 8, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Buchner Hall - Alumni House (Directions / Campus Map)

Program Description

To millions of children and adults around the world, the name A.A. Milne is synonymous with "Winnie the Pooh," the name of his most famous and beloved literary character. Not many people realize, however, that Milne was an extremely prolific author and that the four famous children's books (two with chapters, two with poetry) were just a small portion of his creative output. Milne also wrote "light articles" on many topics, several novels, and a number of plays, of which over 25 were actually produced! In this lecture, we will delve into not only the Famous Four (listed below), but also learn about his other literary interests and inspirations.

Program Objectives

This program will enlighten the audience about the most famous of the author's outputs, but also introduce them to the many aspects of the author's writing of which they are probably not aware.

Program Format

  1. Lecture with PowerPoint and Q&A comprise this one hour presentation
  2. Display of supplemental reading material about the author

Suggested Reading 

Prior knowledge of the author's books is helpful but not necessary to enjoy the program, though one may choose to become familiar or reacquainted with Milne's works of poetry and prose, including:

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • House at Pooh Corner
  • When We Were Very Young
  • Now We Are Six

About the Presenter

Ann Weller DahlAnn Weller Dahl '60 grew up in a household of Goucher women. Her grandmother, Anna Miles Kirk, was in the very first class and her mother, Elisabeth Kirk Weller, graduated in 1926. Ann followed the family tradition, majoring in history, graduating in 1960. After a career in merchandising at Hutzler's, her liberal arts background enabled her to easily switch careers. She then taught for thirty-one years at Calvert School in Baltimore and wrote curricula for the school's homeschooling division. It was at Calvert that she became interested in the life and writing of Laura Ingalls Wilder of "Little House" fame. Going back into her childhood, Ann also developed an interest in studying more about two of her favorite children's authors, Robert McCloskey of "Make Way for Ducklings" fame, and A.A. Milne of "Winnie the Pooh" fame. Over the years she has lectured and conducted workshops about these three authors, both locally and as far away as the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.