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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He was living at 29 Shawfield Street, as familiar to me as an old photo although I
had never seen inside. Upstairs was her studio. He led the way. Up there her
writing desk seemed untouched since her death. It wasn't right to leave London ...
For a grown-up it's a flagon, for the child, it's a thimble, but it's never less than full.
”10 She thought “we are all looking for magic. We all need to feel we are under a
spell and one day a wand will be waved and the princes that we truly feel ...
Lyndon never told anyone she could hear the stars humming. She loved the
Pleiades most. What if one of the seven sisters shook herself free and flew down
to earth, even right into her house with mother and father, Kate Clancy, and her
Mr. Banks hired Mary Poppins to create order from that chaos, and, though he
never went with her on one of her heavenly adventures, he knew instinctively that
Mary Poppins was magic. Helen Lyndon Goff said she invented both George ...
Travers Robert Goff drank too much and wanted too much that he never attained.
His legacy was establishing in his daughter's mind the idea that she was not
Australian at all, but a misfit in the Antipodes, a woman destined to spend her life
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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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