Mary Poppins, She Wrote

Author: Valerie Lawson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476762929

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 401

View: 7176


A portrait of the English author of the classic children's story traces her long life, the creation of her mysterious and beloved title character, and her tumultuous relationship with Walt Disney.

Mary Poppins, She Wrote

Author: Valerie Lawson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476762937

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 7392


The remarkable life of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. An arresting life…Lawson is superb at excavating the details. –Library Journal The spellbinding stories of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical nanny, have been loved by generations. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family in a children’s book that was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the title role in Walt Disney’s hugely successful and equally classic film. But the Mary Poppins in the stories was not the cheery film character. She was tart and sharp, plain and vain. She was a remarkable character. The story of Mary Poppins’ creator, as this definitive biography reveals, is equally remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was actually conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who came to London in 1924 from Queensland as a journalist. She became involved with Theosophy, traveled in the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and became a disciple of the famed spiritual guru, Gurdjieff. She famously clashed with Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film. Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for “thinking you know more about Mary Poppins than I do,” was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews’s big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped Travers’s life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was the creation of someone who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years. Valerie Lawson’s illuminating biography provides the first full look whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.

It's the Disney Version!

Author: Douglas Brode,Shea T. Brode

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442266074

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

View: 9534


This collection of essays examine how the Disney studio has re-interpreted—for better or worse—classic literature into films both treasured and disdained. The films discussed in this volume include Bambi, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Tarzan.

Mary Poppins She Wrote

Author: Valerie Lawson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0733627498

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 5521


Discover the true story behind the creation of the world's most beloved nanny, now appearing in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. Mary Poppins flew into the lives of the Banks family and secured her place in the hearts of generations of children. Published in 1934, the book was instantly hailed as a classic. By the time Julie Andrews graced the screen in Disney's 1964 adaptation, Mary Poppins was a household name. The quintessentially English nanny was conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, whose troubled childhood bore little resemblance to the cheery optimism that is associated with the beloved children's tale. Fiercely independent, Travers left Australia for London in 1924 to work as a journalist and found herself rubbing shoulders with literary elites such as W.B. Yeats and T.S. Elliot. Travers famously clashed with Walt Disney, reluctantly selling him her film rights, and then slamming the resulting movie as 'all fantasy and no magic'. Like her mysterious character, Travers remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years. Valerie Lawson's detailed biography provides the only glimpse into the mind of a writer who fervently believed that 'Everyday life is a miracle'. Valerie Lawson's illuminating biography examines the extraordinary life of the woman behind one of our most treasured characters.

Mary Poppins She Wrote

Author: Valerie Lawson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780743298162

Category: Australians

Page: 392

View: 8846


The English nanny was conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who came to London from Sydney as a journalist in 1924. She became involved with theosophy and travelled in the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and remained thoroughly inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.

Mary Poppins

Author: P. L. Travers

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

ISBN: 1328916774

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 7141


Based on the original 1934 novel by P. L. Travers with beautiful illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, this collectable picture book is sure to become a favorite of Mary Poppins fans old and new. When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins over Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of the Banks children, nothing is ever the same! This picture book adaptation of the original novel is full of Mary's unique brand of whimsical adventure: There's a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to a mysterious shop that sells stars. Told in a lyrical text with fresh yet timeless art by Genevieve Godbout, this version of Mary Poppins is perfect for reading aloud. Young and old, longtime friends of Mary, and those meeting her for the first time, will revel in this colorfully illustrated version of the story that inspired the image of the beloved nanny of page, stage, and screen.

Mary Poppins from A to Z

Author: Pamela Lyndon Travers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780152058340

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 9292


Features twenty-six vignettes, one for each letter of the alphabet, starring Mary Poppins and other characters from the Mary Poppins novels.

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Author: Pamela L. Travers

Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books

ISBN: 9780152017187

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 296

View: 4215


Mary Poppins comes back on the end of a kite string, stays with the Banks family for a while, and then disappears on a merry-go-round horse.