By Valerie Lawson
The impressive lifetime of P.L. Travers, the writer of Mary Poppins.
An arresting life…Lawson is great at excavating the main points. –Library Journal
The spellbinding tales of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and totally magical nanny, were enjoyed by means of generations. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks kin in a children’s booklet that was once immediately hailed as a vintage, then turned a family identify whilst Julie Andrews stepped into the name position in Walt Disney’s highly profitable and both vintage movie. however the Mary Poppins within the tales used to be now not the cheery movie personality. She used to be tart and sharp, simple and useless. She used to be a striking character.
The tale of Mary Poppins’ writer, as this definitive biography finds, is both outstanding. The very good English nanny used to be truly conceived by way of an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who got here to London in 1924 from Queensland as a journalist. She turned concerned with Theosophy, traveled within the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and have become a disciple of the famed non secular guru, Gurdjieff. She famously clashed with Walt Disney over the variation of the Mary Poppins books into movie. Travers, whom Disney accused of shallowness for “thinking you recognize extra approximately Mary Poppins than I do,” was once as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews’s big-screen Mary Poppins was once cheery. but it used to be a love of mysticism and magic that formed Travers’s lifestyles in addition to the nature of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and eventually mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen used to be the construction of somebody who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the top of her ninety-six years.
Valerie Lawson’s illuminating biography presents the 1st complete glance whose own trip is as interesting as her cherished characters.
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Mrs Goff, your offspring does you proud. stable outdated Margaret, pat your self at the again for me. What do they name her, child or Lyndon? It was once solid of the aunt to offer you such a pricey frock. you'll supply her my love for those who like. negative you having your hair performed up, yet as you are saying, it’s top to thrill the Aunt. ’16 Goff essentially deferred to ‘the Aunt’ who had continuously supplied cash and a moment domestic to his spouse and daughter. From her earliest years, Lyndon used to be frequently sent, by myself, to Aunt Ellie or to a different relative while both her father or mother went away. The separations helped create in Lyndon a kind of self-sufficiency and inspired her idiosyncratic kind of myth lifestyles. as soon as, whilst Margaret left domestic for an extended vacation, her father wrote to his spouse of Lyndon’s ‘great game’. From the age of 4, she pretended to be one of many household’s hens, sitting on her eggs and brooding. those birds weren't usual fowls, yet associates of the relations, named after the Goffs’ neighbours and acquaintances, Mrs McKenzie, for instance, or Mrs Starke. Goff wrote, ‘It starts off while she wakes within the morning, is going on til it’s time for me to visit the workplace, and recommences once i am getting domestic back and lasts til bedtime. ’ for many of her early life, Lyndon was once absorbed via the adventure of being a chook, brooding, busy, useful. She sat for hours, her fingers clasped tightly round her physique. 17 ‘She can’t are available in, she’s laying,’ her friends and family might say. usually her mom may drag her from her nest yet, rather than squashing her little girl’s myth with ridicule, she occasionally performed the sport besides. ‘I’ve instructed you as soon as, I’ve instructed you 100 instances, no laying at lunch time. ’18 The imaginative and prescient of herself as a mom rooster applicable Lyndon’s idea that to write down, one needs to brood, and to be a true girl, one has to be a mom. whilst interviewers spoke to her of idea, she usually acknowledged ‘I hate the notice artistic. Brooders. That’s the notice. i'd say there are brooders in existence. That’s why I’ve continually had this attachment to hens and nests, now not end result of the eggs, however the quiet brooding, thinking about. ’ within the kitchen of her final domestic in London, the wardrobe was once lined with pottery hens. 19 Lyndon’s brooding used to be not only a made from her loneliness, yet a safety opposed to a definite coolness in her mom and dad. Travers and Margaret Goff have been commonplace in their personal time and position. Small city mom and dad of the early twentieth century taught their young ones self-sufficiency and subservience. yet greater than that, Travers and Margaret have been additionally stuck up of their personal vanity. If mom and dad are ‘a child’s first gods and liable for many seeds of fate’, as Lyndon later wrote, then the Goffs planted too many seeds of doubt and secret. They left clues, yet they have been too uncomplicated, too rudimentary to be of a lot support. Lyndon fell again on her mom and dad’ proverbs, principles, and random strains from poems, in addition to their books, to problematic, fantasise and aid create experience. She got here to think that her father and mother lived in a country which W.