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    DescriptionThe story of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical children's nanny, is remarkable enough. 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 starring role in Walt Disney's hugely successful and equally classic 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. 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 [Travers] 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. "Who is P. L. Travers?" the American press inquired of "this unknown Englishwoman" whose creation resulting in Hollywood gold had won her international fame. Valerie Lawson's illuminating biography, "Mary Poppins, She Wrote," provides the first and only glimpse into the mind of a writer who fervently believed that "Everyday life is the miracle."


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    Title
    Mary Poppins, She Wrote
    Subtitle
    The Life of P. L. Travers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Valerie Lawson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 631 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743299503
    ISBN 10: 0743299507
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 823.912
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BIC subject category V2: BGF, JFSJ1, APB
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    LC classification: PN
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000, BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    B&T Approval Code: A25403252
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Approval Code: A25100000
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    05 May 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY