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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The boys were educated in Scotland and at Sydney Grammar, but the girls were
taught at home by governesses. Life on O'Connell Street left its imprint on the
fictional home of the Banks family, 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Lyndon was told as a
But no one ever called her Helen, preferring Lyndon, an Irish name much used in
her father's family for boys and girls alike. It was shortened to Lindy or Ginty. It
pleased her that the name was Gaelic, meaning water and stone.13 Lyndon was
Often her mother would drag her from her nest, but instead of squashing her little
girl's fantasy with ridicule, she some- times played the game as well. “I've told you
once, I've told you a hundred times, no laying at lunchtime.”18 The vision of ...
The shares were divided between Lyndon, her sister Cicely Margaret (Moya),
and other nieces and grand nieces. The Goff girls eventually received Ellie's
shares in the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney as well. • • • Lyndon
He wrote back to his little girl that he had heard from Aunt Ellie that Lyndon had
grown “very fat. Why, little woman, you will be like a prize pig when you get home
again. Never mind, we will all be delighted to see you home again after your nice
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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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