Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926 with illustrations by E.H. Shepard. Neither Christopher Robin nor his father could remember the origin of the name, though “Winnie” is said to be named after a bear brought from Winnipeg by a Canadian soldier called Lieutenant Colebourn, and then resident in London Zoo.
The characters in the story were Christopher Robin’s toys, although E.H. Shepard used his own bear (Growler) as the model for Winnie. The toys went on tour and ended up in the New York Public Library, where they now live (except for Roo who mysteriously disappeared).
Christopher Robin always blamed A.A. for the terrible teasing he got at boarding school and throughout his life and the two never really got on together. Christopher wrote about his life in several volumes with the most important two being The Enchanted Places and The Path Through The Trees.
Further Reading - If you are interested in Winnie-the-Pooh and other Milne writings you may find our reading list useful.