Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers

by Valerie Lawson
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Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers by Valerie Lawson

The remarkable life of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.

An arresting life…Lawson is superb at excavating the details. –Library Journal

The spellbinding stories of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical nanny, have been loved by generations. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family in a children’s book that was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the title role in Walt Disney’s hugely successful and equally classic film. But the Mary Poppins in the stories was not the cheery film character. She was tart and sharp, plain and vain. She was a remarkable character.

The story of Mary Poppins’ creator, as this definitive biography reveals, is equally remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was actually conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who came to London in 1924 from Queensland as a journalist. She became involved with Theosophy, traveled in the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and became a disciple of the famed spiritual guru, Gurdjieff. She famously clashed with Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film. Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for “thinking you know more about Mary Poppins than I do,” was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews’s big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped Travers’s life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was the creation of someone who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.

Valerie Lawson’s illuminating biography provides the first full look whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476762937
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 369,287
File size: 24 MB
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About the Author

Valerie Lawson is a feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald. Her previous books are Connie Sweetheart and The Allens Affair. She lives in Sydney and London.

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Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was interesting, but unfortunately it spoiled the "Mary Poppins" books for me! I had always loved them, but the biography's insights into the author's motivations rather put me off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author seems to be one of those people who can't bear to leave out any fact along the way - including every personal detail about anyone Travers ever met in her life/while sparing no criticism on the Disney movie for being "sacharine" the author is very coy regarding Travers' bisexuality
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I learned how interesting the life of P. L. Travers was and the amount of influences she had, it really wasn't well written. It seemed to be just a list of all the minute facts that Valerie Lawson found shoved into a book. There isn't much of a flow or a story. I rarely end up skimming through a book, but this one I had to. I agree with the others, it was quite boring.
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Something is wrong with this book