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The Shadow of Mary Poppins

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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2008

Pamela Travers was the creator of the universally-loved fictional character, Mary Poppins. Yet the whimsical fantasies of the sugar and spice nanny bore no resemblance to her real life childhood. Her mother was suicidal and needy; her father, an alcoholic, died when she was seven. Pamelas imagination was her only refuge, a means of survival. And so, after virtually raising her two younger sisters, she set about re-writing her life and the characters who populated it. Reinvention became a theme for P.L.Travers. She spent her life seeking various forms of spiritual enlightenment. After twenty years of negotiations, she signed a lucrative deal with Walt Disney which would turn out to be Disneys highest grossing film to date. Although never professing to be happy with the film, she lived comfortably on its royalties. Always a contradictory person, Pamela Travers wrote ten other works of fiction and hundreds of poems, articles and essays, but it was her fiction of a happy childhood that cast the greatest shadow in her life.

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