Pamela Lyndon Travers, OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 â€“ 23 April 1996), was an Australian born novelist, actress and journalist. She was known for her fictional children's book series featuring the magical...

In 1924, Goff emigrated to England where she began to write under the pen name P. L. Travers and in 1933 began writing the book series featuring Poppins. During World War...

Helen Lyndon Goff (known within her family as Lyndon) was born 9 August 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia to father Travers Robert and mother Margaret Agnes (née Morehead). Her father was of Irish descent and born...

Following her father's death, Goff, along with her mother and sisters, moved to Bowral, New South Wales in 1907, living there until 1917. She boarded at Normanhurst Girls School in Ashfield, a...

Lyndon Goff began publishing her poems while still a teenager and wrote for The Bulletin and Triad. It was during this time period that she was also gaining a reputation as an actress and...

Travers greatly admired and emulated J. M. Barrie, the author of the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy,...

While in Ireland in 1925, Travers met the poet George William Russell (who wrote under the name "Æ") who, as editor of The Irish Statesman, accepted some of her poems for publication. Through Russell, Travers met W....

At the invitation of her friend, US Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier, Travers spent two summers living among the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples studying their mythology and...

While appearing as a guest on BBC Radio 4's radio programme Desert Island Discs in May 1977, Travers revealed that the name "M. Poppins" originated from childhood stories that she contrived for her...

The Disney musical adaptation was released in 1964. Primarily based on the first novel in what expanded into a series of eight books, it also lifted elements from the...

So fervent was Travers' dislike of the Disney adaptation and of the way she felt she had been treated...

The 2013 movie Saving Mr. Banks is a dramatised story about both the working process during the planning of Mary Poppins and also that of Travers' early life, drawing parallels with Mary Poppins and that of the...

Though Travers had numerous fleeting relationships with men throughout her life, she lived for more than a decade with Madge Burnand, daughter of Sir Francis Burnand, a...

At the age of 40, two years after moving out on her own, Travers adopted a baby boy from Ireland whom she named Camillus Travers Hone. He was the...

Travers was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1977. She lived into advanced old age, but her health was declining toward the end of her life. Travers died in London on 23 April 1996 at the age of 96. According...


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