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

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

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By (author) Valerie Lawson

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 401 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 241mm x 31mm | 603g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2006
  • ISBN 10: 0743298160
  • ISBN 13: 9780743298162

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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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