Title: The Real Life Mary Poppins – The Life and Times of P.L. Travers
Author: Paul Brody
Pages: 74 Pages
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
Among twentieth century authors, P. L. Travers was by far the most productive and famous to hail from the British colony of Australia. After a brief and modestly successful acting career, she moved to London and pursued her own brand of journalism. She was a well-regarded drama critic and travel author, and she became friends with many influential writers and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually, she found her greatest voice in the form of Mary Poppins, the mysterious and powerful Edwardian nanny. Thirty years after the first Poppins adventure is published, Walt Disney produced a live-action movie version, which has ingrained itself forever in the popular imagination.
I love Mary Poppins. I loved the movie as a child and now I am enjoying it again as an adult because my niece has now fallen in love with it too. I also enjoyed the film Saving Mr Banks in which I learned more about the life of the author P. L. Travers. This sparked me to try and find out more.
I downloaded The Real Life Mary Poppins – The Life and Times of P.L. Travers by Paul Brody and found it both interesting, accessible but also really sad. Travers led such a diverse life but you get the sense that she was lonely and that made me feel so sorry for her. Ironically, you get the impression that she would have hated that more than the feeling of loneliness.
The BookCaps Study Guide is a great place to get a potted history and to spark our interest in specific people. I would definitely recommend books in this series.
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