Pamela Lyndon Travers, OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996), was an Australian-born novelist, actress, and journalist who...

Upon emigrating to England in 1924, Goff began to write under the pen name P. L. Travers. In 1933 she began writing the novel Mary Poppins, first of the...

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...

Lyndon Goff began publishing her poems while still a teenager. She wrote for The Bulletin and Triad and during that time began gaining a reputation as an actress under...

Travers greatly admired and emulated J. M. Barrie, author of the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, which bears many structural resemblances to the Mary Poppins series. Her first publisher was Peter Llewelyn Davies, Barrie's...

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....

At the invitation of her friend, US Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier, Travers spent two summers living among the...

Published in London in 1934, Mary Poppins was Travers' first literary success. Sequels followed (the last in...

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...

The musical film adaptation Mary Poppins was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1964. Primarily based on the original 1934 novel of the same name, it also lifted elements from the 1935 sequel Mary Poppins Comes Back....

Travers disliked the Disney adaptation, and the way she felt she had been treated during the production, so much that when producer Cameron Mackintosh approached her about making the British stage musical...

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 playwright and the former...

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 grandchild of Joseph Hone, W. B. Yeats'...

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...


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