P.L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers
P.L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers (August 9, 1899 – April 23, 1996) had an amazing imagination even as a child, inspired by her love of reading — fairy tales included. She dropped out of school, finding it a bore. Travers grew up in Europe, but moved to Australia to start an acting career.
She managed to get some roles, but couldn’t make a career out of it. Fortunately, when she moved back to England, she successfully started selling articles and poems to publications in English, New Zealand, and Australia.
Travers’ best-known work, Mary Poppins, came from a little story she made up while babysitting two young children. It first became a book and then a movie in 1964, and has had many sequels; it was even made into a musical. Mary Poppins is still one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature. Travers wrote many other children’s books, as well as books for adults, many focused on mythology.
P.L. Travers as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1924
More about P.L. Travers on this site
- Mary Poppins
- Mary Poppins Comes Back
- Mary Poppins in the Park
- What the Bee Knows: Reflections on Myth
Biographies about P.L. Travers
- Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers by Valerie Lawson
- A Lively Oracle: A Centennial Celebration of P.L. Travers by Ellen Dooling Draper
- P.L. Travers on Wikipedia
- P.L. Travers page on Amazon
- Reader discussion of P.L. Travers works on Goodreads
Articles, News, Etc.
- Mary Poppins (1964)
Visit and research
- Birthplace of P.L. Travers and Mary Poppins Festival – Maryborough, Australia
- The Papers of P.L. Travers – The State Library of New South Wales, Sydney Australia
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