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.
The image of Mary Poppins with her umbrella flying over the rooftops of London
is indelible, but the concept of Mary Poppins is even stronger, implying a secure
childhood and an answer to women's perennial problem: how to balance their ...
Johnny the stable boy had told her the stars were once women, the seven sisters
of Atlas. Lyndon felt as if she could fly into the blueness of the half hemisphere
above her. Mummy said if she wasn't careful her hair could catch in the stars.
It also affected the upbringing of her daughter, Lyndon, and meant both women
came into the orbit of a woman who was the prototype for the character of Mary
Poppins. Robert Charles Morehead knew he was dying. Four days before his ...
Lyndon told interviewers that her parents weren't scholars, but loved life, which
meant “they left you to yourself a great deal.” Her great sorrow was that both her
grandmothers had died before she was born. These wise old women, as she ...
old women, as she called them, “carriers of tradition,” might have answered who
she was, why she was born, how did she get born—ordinary childhood questions
but important ones. “I wanted the important answers, but the grown-ups around ...
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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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