P. L. Travers

Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist

1899   -   1996

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, Australia
occupation: poet, writer, novelist, children's writer, journalist
award received: Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Pamela Lyndon Travers, OBE (; born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian-born British writer who spent most of her career in England. She is best known for the Mary Poppins series of children's books, which feature the magical nanny Mary Poppins. Goff was born in Maryborough, Queensland, and grew up in the Australian bush before being sent to boarding school in Sydney. Her writing was first published as a teenager, and she also worked briefly as a professional Shakespearean actress. Upon emigrating to England at the age of 25, she took the name Pamela Lyndon Travers and adopted the pen name P. L. Travers in 1933, while writing the first of eight Mary Poppins books. Travers travelled to New York City during World War II while working for the British Ministry of Information. At that time, Walt Disney contacted her about selling to Disney Studios the rights for a film adaptation of Mary Poppins, whose sequel Mary Poppins Comes Back was also in print. After years of contact, which included visits to Travers at her home in London, Walt Disney did obtain the rights and the Disney film Mary Poppins premiered in 1964. In 2004, a new musical adaptation of the books and the film opened in the West End; it premiered on Broadway in 2006. A film based on Disney's plight to acquire the Mary Poppins film rights was released in 2013, Saving Mr. Banks, in which Travers is portrayed by Emma Thompson.
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works

6

Mary Poppins Comes Back

British children's fantasy novel

author: P. L. Travers

1935

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

British children's fantasy novel

author: P. L. Travers

1943

Mary Poppins

British children's fantasy novel, first in the series featuring London nanny Mary Poppins

author: P. L. Travers

1934

Mary Poppins

collection of stories by P. L. Travers

author: P. L. Travers

1975

What the Bee Knows

author: P. L. Travers

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