Travers, P L

Pamela Lyndon Travers, OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff in Queensland, Australia in August 1899) was best known as the creator of Mary Poppins.

She moved to England in 1924, and died on St George's Day 1996 in London at the age of 96.

She was severely critical of several aspects of the Disney film, primarily the softened character of the nanny and the animated scenes. When she was asked to approve a stage version she did so on condition that only British writers (specifically no Americans) would be used, and no-one associated with the film would be involved.
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Mary Poppins, 1st UK edition 1935 (2nd printing) (P L Travers)The book was first published in 1934 by Gerald Howe in London and later the same year by Reynal & Hitchcock in the US. The UK edition passed to Lovat Dickson and was reprinted in 1935.

Note that gilt was used on this jacket, the earliest example in the ReproJacket repository to date.

Illustrations by Mary Shepard, daughter of E H Shepard.

ReproJacket #223-B-1, size 192.6x456mm
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Mary Poppins, 1st US edn 1940 (13th printing) (P L Travers)Jacket illustration by Mary Shepard.

ReproJacket #224-M-1, size 193.4x483mm