Ann Thwaite Quotes
“Lawrence hid himself in the Air Force under the name of Shaw to avoid being introduced for the rest of his life as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. I do not want C. R. Milne ever to wish that his names were Charles Robert. The comparison between Lawrence of Arabia and Christopher Robin, which at first seems rather ridiculous, has real reverberations. Robert Graves once wrote of Lawrence, ‘He both despised and loved the legend that surrounded him’, and this was also true of Christopher Milne at different stages of his life. The great difference, of course, was that Lawrence’s legend was based on his own achievements, Christopher Robin’s on nothing he had done himself –and his mixed feelings would eventually transfer from the legend to his father, the author of it.”
- Description: Dr Ann Thwaite is a writer and occasional reviewer for publications such as The Guardian, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, and Times. She has written five major biographies. Her biography AA Milne: His Life won the Whitbread Biography of the Year prize in 1990.
She is also a children's writer, whose works include The Camelthorn Papers (1969), Allsorts 1-7 (ed, 1968-75), Tracks (1978), Allsorts of Poems (ed, 1978), The Ashton Affair (1995), and The Horse at Hilly Fields (1996).
Dr Thwaite is a member of the Society of Authors, the Royal Over-Seas League, and the Children's Books History Society.