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

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The 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; "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, andlt;iandgt;Mary Poppins, She Wroteandlt;/iandgt;, provides the first and only glimpse into the mind of a writer who fervently believed that "Everyday life is the miracle."

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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Part I: The Nymph, 1899-1934

Prologue: The Moment Between Day and Dark

Chapter 1: The Real Mr. Banks

Chapter 2: Ellie and Allora

Chapter 3: Old England in Australia

Chapter 4: The Creation of Pamela

Chapter 5: Falling into Ireland

Chapter 6: Lovers, Gurus and the Glimmering Girl

Part II: The Mother, 1934-1965

Prologue: Out of the Sky

Chapter 7: Poppins and Pamela in Wonderland

Chapter 8: A Beautiful Night for a Death

Chapter 9: The Crossing of Camillus

Chapter 10: Through the Door to Mabeltown

Chapter 11: Monsieur Bon Bon Says Au Revoir

Chapter 12: Shadowplay

Chapter 13: The Americanization of Mary

Part III: The Crone, 1965-1996

Prologue: An Old Woman in a Rocking Chair

Chapter 14: A Crone among the Sleeping Beauties

Chapter 15: Looking for Pamela Travers

Chapter 16: Fear No More the Heat of the Sun



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The Life of P. L. Travers
Simon and Schuster
Lawson, Valerie
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
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Trade Paperback
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9.25 x 6.12 in 21.91 oz

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Biography » Literary
Biography » Women

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