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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 August 1899Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Date of Death 23 April 1996Chelsea, London, England, UK
Birth NameHelen Lyndon Goff

Mini Bio (1)

P.L. Travers was born on August 9, 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia as Helen Lyndon Goff. She is known for her work on Mary Poppins (1964), Meri Poppins, do svidaniya (1983) and The Cat That Looked at a King (2004). She died on April 23, 1996 in Chelsea, London, England.

Trivia (8)

Disliked the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins (1964), as she felt it made the title character, whom she had created in her books, too sweet.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1977 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to literature.
Acted in her native Australia from the age of 10. Toured nationally - while still in her teens - with a Shakespearean company. Later also performed as a dancer and wrote poetry, using the adopted name Pamela Travers. Left for England in 1924 with a mere 5 pounds to her credit. Continued to write poetry, and, later, literary and theatrical review for several weekly publications, including 'The Irish Statesman' and the 'The New English'.
Born to an Irish-born sugar planter and a Scottish-Irish mother, she grew up in tropical Queensland on her father's plantation, the eldest of three daughters.
Developed the character of Mary Poppins in 1934, while living in a 900 year old thatched cottage in Sussex, recovering from an illness.
Had a lifelong fascination with folklore and mysticism. In 1976, she became consulting editor for the New York-based journal 'Parabola', dedicated to empirical research in this field.
Author Neil Gaiman is a big fan of hers and her books about Mary Poppins.
Mother of Camillus Travers Hone.

Personal Quotes (4)

For me there are no answers, only questions, and I am grateful that the questions go on and on. I don't look for an answer, because I don't think there is one. I'm very glad to be the bearer of a question.
You can ask me anything you like about my work, but I'll never talk about myself.
You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for - if you are honest - you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one.
A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.

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