Books: Poo/j-man

Pooh-mar AUTOBIOGRAPHY — A. A. Milne — Dutton ($3).

Proverbially, every humorist is at heart a melancholy satirist. Not so Alan Alexander Milne. "It is assumed too readily," he protests, "that a writer who makes his readers laugh would really prefer to make them cry. . . ." Much of the charm of Milne's Autobiography comes from his honest admission that entertainment was his aim.

Author Milne further objects to the lopsided fate that lets his plays (Mr. Pim Passes By, etc.), novels and essays (which he prefers) be forgotten and has made children's classics of When We Were Very Young and Winnie-the-Pooh....