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The remarkable life of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary
An arresting life…Lawson is superb at excavating the details.
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
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