Mary Poppins, She Wrote

Mary Poppins, She Wrote

The Life of P.L. Travers

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Published to coincide with the release of the Broadway musical, a portrait of the English author of the classic children's story traces her long life, the creation of her mysterious and beloved title character, and her tumultuous relationship with Walt Disney. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The story of Mary Poppins's creator, as this first biography reveals, is unexpected and remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who in 1924 came to London from Sydney as a journalist. She became involved with theosophy and traveled in the literary circles of W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot. Most famously, she clashed with "the great convincer" Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film.
Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for "thinking you ÝTravers¨ know more about Mary Poppins than I do," was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews's big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery and porcelain beautiful. "You've got the nose for it," Travers candidly assessed the star. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped P. L. Travers's life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict and ultimately mysterious nanny was the conception of someone who remained thoroughly inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.

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The story of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical children's nanny, is remarkable enough. She was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the role in Disney's hugely successfulfilm. Now she is a Broadway sensation all over again. But the story of Mary Poppins's creator, as this first biography reveals, is just as unexpected and remarkable. Australian journalist Pamela Lyndon Travers came to London in 1924. She became involved with theosophy and traveled in the literary circles of W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot. Most famously, she clashed with Walt Disney over the film adaptation. As tart and opinionated as the big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery, her love of mysticism and magic shaped her life as well as the character of the clipped, strict and ultimately mysterious nanny. She fervently believed that "everyday life is the miracle."--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2006
Edition: First Simon & Schuster edition
ISBN: 9780743298162
0743298160
Branch Call Number: 823x TRAVE LAWSO
Characteristics: x, 400 pages ; 23 cm
Notes: "Mary Poppins she wrote" was previously published in London by Aurum, 2005. It was originally published by Hodder in 1999 under title: Out of the sky she came

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cowsonthefarm
Nov 08, 2014

A very flowery writing style totally undermined my enjoyment of this book. A lot of unnecessary poetic descriptions that really added nothing. I could not wait to finish it so I could move on. Its too bad because P.L. Travers' biography would have been very interesting on its own. Go see the movie instead.

martins_mom Apr 17, 2014

Apparently Travers was not a nice little lady sitting in her comfy study writing charming books for children. In fact she denied that she wrote "for children" at all. An interesting and surprising study of a complex personality.

ontherideau Dec 30, 2013

As a child I gave no thought to the creator of Mary Poppins because of course it had to be Walt Disney.
The story of P.L.Travers, a woman whose name itself is a myth and who was influenced by Yeats and Eliot explains a lot. I know I will watch Mary Poppins again, now it will be with a different appreciation.

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GailRoger
Feb 18, 2011

I had to rush through the final third of this one because someone had put a hold on it. I grew up with PL Travers' Mary Poppins books, having been brought to them by the Disney film.

Mary Poppins is, of course, only a tiny part of the life of this complex and sometimes prickly woman: an Australian who thought of herself as English (and Anglo-Irish), a young actor and poet who counted WB Yeats among her mentors, and a seeker of exotic philosophies.

The title is clunky, but the book itself is well-researched and ably written.

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