[Biographies of P.L. Travers]


Out_of_the_Sky_She_Came.jpgTitle: Out of the Sky She Came: The Life of P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins
Author: Valerie Lawson
Publication Date: 1999
Publisher: Sydney: Belladonna Books
ISBN: 0733610722
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Australian-born Helen Lyndon Goff (best known as P.L. Travers) was made famous by her children’s books about the infamous nanny, Mary Poppins. This biography takes you through Travers’ life (from 1899-1996) as a poet, journalist, actress and author. Accompanied by a detailed index of her published works, along with photographs and notes on sources, the book discusses P.L. Travers’ impact on her audience, compares interpretations of her works, and describes her fascinating life.




Mary_Poppins_She_Wrote.jpgTitle: Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers
Author: Valerie Lawson
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0743298160
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Abstract:
Lawson’s biography of P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins series, takes a dark tone as she laments over the tragic and negatively inspiring moments of Travers’ life. The character of Mary Poppins is dissected and the personality and traits of the character are defined by the death of Travers’ father, her time spent with an aging aunt, her distrust of men and American men specifically, and the difficult relationship she had with her adopted son. Instances of Travers’ life, such as negotiations with Disney, the rules for future use of Mary Poppins written in her will, and her retreat into isolation are described and justified by Lawson.






A_Lively_Oracle.jpg Title: A Lively Oracle: A Centennial Celebration of P.L. Travers, Creator of Mary Poppins
Author: E.D. Draper
Publication Date: 1999
Publisher: Burdett, NY: National Book Network
ISBN: 0943914949
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Unlike the P.L. Travers defined by her life’s tragedies and complications, this collection of essays and interviews about and with the Mary Poppins’ author, shows the author as a pilgrim searching for deeper meaning in her life. Influenced by the occult, mysticism, religion and poetry, Travers kept many details of her life private but her friends and former colleagues shed an illuminating light on the woman that Travers was. Among the notable contributors are Draper, former edited of Travers-founded Parabola magazine, Koralek, an author and friend, Martha Heyneman, Jonathan Cott and Sir Laurens Van der Post..