Mary Poppins, She Wrote

Mary Poppins, She Wrote

The Life of P.L. Travers

Book - 2006
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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 successful film. 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: 1st Simon & Schuster ed
ISBN: 9780743298162
0743298160
Branch Call Number: 823 T697ZL
Characteristics: x, 401 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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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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