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The Sunny Side

A. A. Milne

Book Overview: 

The Sunny Side is a collection of short stories and essays by A. A. Milne. Though Milne is best known for his classic children's books, especially Winnie The Pooh, he also wrote extensively for adults, most notably in Punch, to which he was a contributor and later Assistant Editor. The Sunny Side collects his columns for Punch, which include poems, essays and short stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .come when you realize sadly that your play is not a bit like life after all. Then is the time to introduce a meal on the stage. A stage meal is popular, because it proves to the audience that the actors, even when called Charles Hawtrey or Owen Nares, are real people just like you and me. "Look at Mr. Bourchier eating," we say excitedly to each other in the pit, having had a vague idea up till then that an actor lived like a god on praise and greasepaint and his photograph in the papers. "Another cup, won't you?" says Miss Gladys Cooper; "No, thank you," says Mr. Dennis Eadie—dash it, it's exactly what we do at home ourselves. And when, to clinch matters, the dramatist makes Mr. Gerald du Maurier light a real cigarette in the Third Act, then he can flatter himself that he has indeed achieved the ambition of every stage writer, and "brought the actual scent of the hay across the footlights."

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Community Reviews

I acquired this book in college for a course. Funnily enough, I can't remember if I read some of the stories for the class and forgot them or if I skipped my reading. Either way, as part of my ongoing effort to try the unread books on my shelves, I resolved to read this one.

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While Pooh stands alone, Milne's other writings are worth reading, especially this collection of short stories and silly poems, many from his days with Punch. He lampoons literary pretensions in several self-conscious stories and plays, and his explanation of his "One Star" as a Second Lieutenant is hi...more

A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books so overshadow his other work that readers forget that he was a successful playwright and a longtime contributor to the British satirical magazine Punch. The short stories are amusing, and they rather reminded me of a more light-hearted version of Saki’s Clovis stories...more

Oh boy, this was clever. Very clever.

I found myself smirking at Man of Letters and how absolutely meta it was that an author was writing about another author writing about another author writing about another author and so on. And then more smirking as Milne blind-sighted me by having the publis...more

Some of my earliest literary memories are of my mother reading all the original Winnie-the-Pooh books aloud to me, but I didn't discover A.A. Milne's writings for adults until just a few years ago. The Sunny Side is a collection of his short stories and poems for the magazine Punch, and I absolutely love it. It's classic...more

Short stories, poems, and thoughts - quite fun :)

You know it's good book when the Author in preface tells you to skip section #1 and start with section #2 and then read the beginning last - citing that the characters familiar to regular readers found in section #1 will then be as fami...more

With all the bad things going on in our world, I’ve been looking for something fun to read. I hit the jackpot with The Sunny Side by A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh. His collection of short articles published in the British Satire Magazine Punch before, during and after the Great War, are...more

I mean, come on. A.A. Milne for Proper Grown-Ups? Not that Pooh isn't for grown-ups, of course.

Being an incredibly awkward shy person, myself, I particularly enjoyed the story "A Warm Half-Hour," featuring ninepennyworth of ice and Algernon, the overwhiskered crustacean. There are also helpful t...more

More than our beloved author behind Winnie-the-Pooh, this is a reminder that Milne had a life before getting involved with his children's stuffed animals. He fought in The Great War, had and loved a wife, and lived the small, frugal city life. His stories have a wonderful appreciation for the sma...more

I wish he wrote more adult novels. This is such fun and I would love to get to know some of these characters Ina full length book.

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