Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers
Simon and Schuster, 2013年12月3日 - 416 頁
THE ONLY TRUE STORY BEHIND THE CREATOR OF MARY POPPINS
The remarkable life of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins—perfect for fans of the movie Mary Poppins Returns and the original Disney classic!
“An arresting life…Lawson is superb at excavating the details.” —Library Journal
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 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. 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.
The story of Mary Poppins’ 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 “thinking you know more about Mary Poppins than I do,” was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews’s big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery. 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.
Valerie Lawson’s illuminating biography provides the first full look whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.
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Travers Goff was a bamboozler.The tales he told his family and friends grew
more romantic the more he drank. He liked to boast that his life was drenched in
the Celtic Twilight, in the land of Yeats and George William Russell. But as 14
the land of Yeats and George William Russell. But as much as he admired the
poets and dramatists of the nineteenth cen- tury, he was most in love with the
myths of ancient Ireland, and of the fictional personification of Ireland,
immortalized in ...
She came to believe that her mother and father lived in a state that W. B. Yeats
called, in his 1919 poem “A Prayer for My Daughter,” “radical innocence.” “In our
family life, if there were moods to be respected, it was not ours.” Her parents were
... but Ireland would do, everything round you was Irish, if we had a horse it had
an Irish name, and an Irish pedigree, the lace for our clothes was brought from
Ireland, and I grew up and was nurtured on the Celtic Twilight, Yeats and all.
... “Hardly Yeats!”36 Her mother, softer, more imaginative, might make a real
picnic breakfast for her daughter, or prepare a pretend picnic on the floor at home
. But she, too, could be fearsome and full of anger, never more so than one
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MARY POPPINS, SHE WROTE: The Life of P.L. Travers用戶評語 - Kirkus
Lawson (The Allens Affair, not reviewed) offers an intriguing, surprisingly rich literary life of the fairly obscure Australian author best known for her cheery children's series featuring nanny Mary ... 閱讀評論全文
Mary Poppins, she wrote: the life of P. L. Travers用戶評語 - Not Available - Book Verdict
Sydney Morning Herald writer Lawson's preface to her biography of P.L. Travers (1899-1996), the creator of Mary Poppins, reads like an introduction to a mystery. This is fitting, since Travers ... 閱讀評論全文
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