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

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The remarkable life of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;An arresting lifeand#8230;Lawson is superb at excavating the details. and#8211;andlt;Iandgt;Library Journalandlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The spellbinding stories of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical nanny, have been loved by generations. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family in a childrenand#8217;s book that was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the title role in Walt Disneyand#8217;s hugely successful and equally classic film. But the Mary Poppins in the stories was not the cheery film character. She was tart and sharp, plain and vain. She was a remarkable character.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The story of Mary Poppinsand#8217; creator, as this definitive biography reveals, is equally remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was actually conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who came to London in 1924 from Queensland as a journalist. She became involved with Theosophy, traveled in the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and became a disciple of the famed spiritual guru, Gurdjieff. She famously clashed with Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film. Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for and#8220;thinking you know more about Mary Poppins than I do,and#8221; was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrewsand#8217;s big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped Traversand#8217;s life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was the creation of someone who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Valerie Lawsonand#8217;s illuminating biography provides the first full look whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.

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andlt;B andgt;The book that inspired Disney's Saving Mr. Banks and "the only comprehensive biography" (andlt;I andgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/Iandgt;) of Pamela Travers, the creator of Mary Poppinsandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The story of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical 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 title role in Walt Disney's hugely successful and equally classic film. Now she is a sensation all over again--both on Broadway and in Disney's film andlt;I andgt;Saving Mr. Banksandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;Saving Mr. Banksandlt;/Iandgt; retells many of the stories in Valerie Lawson's biography, including P. L. Travers's move from London to Hollywood and her struggles with Walt Disney as he adapted her books for the big screen. Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for "thinking she knows more about Mary Poppins than I do," was a poet and world-renowned author as tart and opinionated as Andrews's big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery and porcelain beautiful. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped Travers's life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was the creation of someone who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Valerie Lawson's illuminating biography provides the first full look at the life of the woman and writer whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.

About the Author

Valerie Lawson is a feature writer for andlt;iandgt;The Sydney Morning Heraldandlt;/iandgt;. Her previous books are andlt;iandgt;Connie Sweetheartandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Allens Affairandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in Sydney and London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476762920
Author:
Lawson, Valerie
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
mary poppins movie, p.l. travers, walt disney, saving mr banks, saving mr banks trailer, emma thompson, mary poppins book, tom hanks
Edition Description:
Media Tie-In
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-8pp photo inserts, index
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Synopsis" by , andlt;B andgt;The book that inspired Disney's Saving Mr. Banks and "the only comprehensive biography" (andlt;I andgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/Iandgt;) of Pamela Travers, the creator of Mary Poppinsandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The story of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical 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 title role in Walt Disney's hugely successful and equally classic film. Now she is a sensation all over again--both on Broadway and in Disney's film andlt;I andgt;Saving Mr. Banksandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;Saving Mr. Banksandlt;/Iandgt; retells many of the stories in Valerie Lawson's biography, including P. L. Travers's move from London to Hollywood and her struggles with Walt Disney as he adapted her books for the big screen. Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for "thinking she knows more about Mary Poppins than I do," was a poet and world-renowned author as tart and opinionated as Andrews's big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery and porcelain beautiful. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped Travers's life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was the creation of someone who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Valerie Lawson's illuminating biography provides the first full look at the life of the woman and writer whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.
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