Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers by Valerie Lawson PDF

By Valerie Lawson

Book Details:

ISBN: 1476762929
EAN: 9781476762920
ASIN: 1476762929
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2013-12-03
Number of Pages: 416
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

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The amazing lifetime of P.L. Travers, the writer of Mary Poppins.

An arresting life…Lawson is great at excavating the main points. –Library Journal

The spellbinding tales of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and completely magical nanny, were enjoyed via generations. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family members in a children's booklet that used to be immediately hailed as a vintage, then turned a loved ones identify while Julie Andrews stepped into the identify position in Walt Disney's highly profitable and both vintage movie. however the Mary Poppins within the tales was once no longer the cheery movie personality. She used to be tart and sharp, simple and useless. She was once a awesome character.

The tale of Mary Poppins' author, as this definitive biography finds, is both extraordinary. The superb English nanny used to be truly conceived by way of an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who got here to London in 1924 from Queensland as a journalist. She grew to become concerned with Theosophy, traveled within the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and have become a disciple of the famed religious guru, Gurdjieff. She famously clashed with Walt Disney over the variation of the Mary Poppins books into movie. Travers, whom Disney accused of self-importance for "thinking you recognize extra approximately Mary Poppins than I do," used to be as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews's big-screen Mary Poppins used to be cheery. but it was once a love of mysticism and magic that formed Travers's existence in addition to the nature of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and eventually mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was once the construction of somebody who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the tip of her ninety-six years.

Valerie Lawson's illuminating biography offers the 1st complete glance whose own trip is as fascinating as her loved characters.

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18 1 The Early Years examination in Paris, he made a deep impression on the examiners. An acquaintance from Nancy, De Roche du Teilloy, was present [Bellivier 1956]. He recalled that Henri was asked to give a proof from elementary geometry. Without hesitation, he provided a correct answer, but the examiner then asked for a more elementary proof. Henri’s immediate answer to this was also correct, but it contained trigonometric arguments. The examiner now asked for a proof containing elementary geometric arguments only and was again answered at once, now to his complete satisfaction.

In the fall of 1877, Raymond moved to Paris to study law. He took a room adjacent to Henri’s in the Boulevard St. Michel. The philosophical discussions between the cousins that had been carried on at a distance now continued much more intensively. As mentioned above, graphology, the study of the relationship between character and handwriting, interested Henri. In a letter home, he expressed surprise that women, who in his experience often think in a haphazard way and without much logic, often have neat and well-ordered handwriting.

On March 28, 1879, he graduated as a mining engineer and obtained an appointment as inspector of mines at Vesoul, in eastern France. He had requested an appointment that would put him not too far from Nancy. He arrived in Vesoul on April 3, 1879, nearly 25 years old, with his main responsibility the mines of Ronchamp, about 30 kilometres from Vesoul. As a mining engineer, Poincar´e’s job was to assess mines for their production capacity and safety, including structural integrity, ventilation, and the localization and removal of inflammable gases.

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