Mary Poppins She Wrote

Mary Poppins She Wrote

The Life of P.L. Travers

Book - 2006
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As the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of the musical Mary Poppins prepares to open on Broadway in October 2006, P.L. Travers, the creator of the quintessentially British and utterly magical nanny, is brought to vivid life in this comprehensive biography. 8 pages of photos.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2006.
ISBN: 9780743298162
0743298160
Characteristics: x, 400 p., [8] p. of plate :,ill., ;,25 cm.

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cowsonthefarm
Nov 08, 2014

A very flowery writing style totally undermined my enjoyment of this book. A lot of unnecessary poetic descriptions that really added nothing. I could not wait to finish it so I could move on. Its too bad because P.L. Travers' biography would have been very interesting on its own. Go see the movie instead.

martins_mom Apr 17, 2014

Apparently Travers was not a nice little lady sitting in her comfy study writing charming books for children. In fact she denied that she wrote "for children" at all. An interesting and surprising study of a complex personality.

ontherideau Dec 30, 2013

As a child I gave no thought to the creator of Mary Poppins because of course it had to be Walt Disney.
The story of P.L.Travers, a woman whose name itself is a myth and who was influenced by Yeats and Eliot explains a lot. I know I will watch Mary Poppins again, now it will be with a different appreciation.

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GailRoger
Feb 18, 2011

I had to rush through the final third of this one because someone had put a hold on it. I grew up with PL Travers' Mary Poppins books, having been brought to them by the Disney film.

Mary Poppins is, of course, only a tiny part of the life of this complex and sometimes prickly woman: an Australian who thought of herself as English (and Anglo-Irish), a young actor and poet who counted WB Yeats among her mentors, and a seeker of exotic philosophies.

The title is clunky, but the book itself is well-researched and ably written.

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