P.L. Travers

P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins

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 1924

P.L. Travers as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1924

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