26 August 2019
Recording of the week: Winnie-the-Pooh
This week's selection comes from Steve Cleary, Lead Curator of Literary and Creative Recordings.
This week's recording of the week features A. A. Milne reading from his children's classic Winnie-the-Pooh. This is a short excerpt from the complete chapter three featured on the disc, 'in which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle'.
The recording was made in June 1929 and issued on a 10" disc by the Dominion company, which produced a series of twelve literary spoken-word discs featuring popular writers around that time.
A. A. Milne famously based his Winnie-the-Pooh stories on the bedtime stories he told his son, Christopher Robin. Toy animals provided the inspiration for Pooh the bear and his friends, Piglet, Eeeyore, Kanga and Roo. Milne also wrote collections of children's verse, humourous essays, plays and an autobiography.