By Christopher Milne
An autobiography of striking tact in addition to candour' the days hundreds of thousands of readers during the international have grown up with the tales and verses of A. A. Milne; have envied Christopher Robin in his enchanted global; laughed at Pooh - a endure of little or no mind - and apprehensive approximately Piglet and his difficulties. yet what used to be it prefer to be the small boy with the lengthy hair, smock and wellington boots? on the age of fifty-four Christopher Milne recalled his early youth, remembering 'the enchanted locations' the place he used to play in Sussex. The Hundred Acre wooden, Galleon's Lap and Poohsticks Bridge existed not just within the tales and poems yet have been a part of the true international surrounding the Milne domestic at Cotchford Farm. With deftness and artistry Milne attracts a memorable portrait of his father, and an evocative reconstruction of a cheerful early life in London and Sussex. it's a tale instructed with humour and modesty. 'Mr Milne has got down to re-create an international . . . he has been absolutely profitable' the days Literary complement
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Elsewhere, more success came my way. Dr. Bruce F. Kaufmann at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Brenda Taylor of Little, Brown and Company facilitated my examination of key aspects of Packard's career. Above all, I am grateful to three people at Penn State who made my research trips so rewarding. Charles Mann presides over the Rare Books and Special Collections with a clear vision that enables scholars to draw effectively from its resources. Sandra Stelts made the Packard papers accessible and easy to use, helping me at every step of the way with her professionalism and good cheer.
At the annual fair in Troy, the locals played a game called Hit the Nigger on the Head, in which they would win a prize if they could throw a baseball and hit a black man's face that stuck out from a hole Page 16 in a white sheet. Mabel Packard dragged her son away from the scene, remarking that it was denigrating to black people. What Packard remembered as his "first big philosophic thought" also involved a contrast between the familiar in Granville Summit and the strange in the world beyond. Walking by himself one day when he was seven or eight, he remembered his parents' talk of India.
At times, he pictured his early years as an idyll that Norman Rockwell might have painted, but, as he recognized, the real situation that he and his family faced was more troublesome. Throughout his life, Vance Packard remained uneasy in his relationship to worlds he entered. Awkward in his presentation of self and having what he later called an "under-integrated personality," he conquered what he saw through observation, not participation. 1 Driven to earn recognition, he nonetheless remained skeptical about the rewards that success would Page 11 bring.