P.L. Travers was born on August 9, 1899, in Queensland, Australia. The Mary Poppins stories sprang from amusing youthful visitors along using a love of mythology. Infamously private and prickly, the Disney movie Mary Poppins made her hugely rich, but sad. She died in London on April 23, 1996. Her mom, Margaret Agnes Morehead, was the sister of the Premier of Queensland.
Called Lyndon as a kid, Travers moved along with her mom and sisters to New South Wales after her dad’s passing, where an aunt (the inspiration for her novel Aunt Sass) had a sugar plantation. She resided there for a decade, although boarded at Sydney’s Normanhurst Girls School during World War I. Travers had a rich fantasy life and loved fairy tales and creatures, frequently calling herself a hen. Adopting the stage name Pamela (popular in the time) Lyndon Travers, she developed a small reputation as a dancer and Shakespearean performer. Her rich relatives, nevertheless, didn’t approve; feeling that Australians lacked humor and lyricism, she left for London, England, to seek the literary life.
Having started her journalism profession in Australia, Travers could parlay her voyage into traveling narratives for birthplace newspapers. Once in England, she started publishing articles in several newspapers, including poems that she’d submitted to Irish Statesman. Its editor, George William Russell, pseudonymously called AE, became a lifelong supporter of Travers. Travers had a love of Irish mythology, possibly coming from her dad’s stories when she was a kid, hence the camaraderie had a particular importance.
Travers’s first printed novel, Moscow Trip (1934), used her journey-writing experience, but the novel that will make her famed followed close on its heel. Recuperating from a lung ailment in the united states, she regaled two seeing kids with stories of a magical nanny, complete with parrot-head umbrella as a type of transport as well as the capacity to get tea parties on the ceiling. She published the story that same year (1934), also it had been an immediate success.
In spite of the success of the Poppins publications, Travers continued to compose other content—young adult novels, a play, essays and lectures on mythology and symbols partially because she worried not being taken seriously as a writer. She also served as writer-in-residence at schools like Radcliffe and Smith, though she had not been popular. The 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews, made Travers exceptionally rich, though she apparently wept in the premier. A 2013 movie, Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers, tells the behind the scenes story of novel to movie.
Infamously private and prickly, Travers never wed, but she’d a longtime roommate, Madge Burnand, who many supposed was a intimate partner. In 1939, Travers adopted a son, Camillus, one of double Irish sons. (He later ran into his twin in a pub a jolt, as he understood nothing of his actual history.)
She intended to compose Farewell, Mary Poppins, to terminate the precious governess, but rather heeded the outcry from both youngsters and publishers. A musical Mary Poppins closer to Travers’s first variant of the character debuted on the London stage in 2004. And “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” produced in the Disney movie, by way of a tune composed by the Sherman Brothers (sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke), eternally lives in the English lexicon.