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P. L. Travers, poet, editor, essayist, critic, travel writer, and novelist, who was born in Australia but wrote mostly in England, is best known for her Mary Poppins books, generally classified as for children. All her life she was absorbed by myth, magic, and legend, both ancient and modern. Her work drew on the legacy of past myth makers and she herself left a legacy for today's writers like J. K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter.
9 August 1899 Helen Lyndon Goff (later PLT) was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. She was the eldest of three children, all girls. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By late 1934 PLT published Mary Poppins, the first in a sextet of novels that were destined to become international best sellers. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1964 Walt Disney released its award-winning movie adaptation of Mary Poppins by PLT in the USA; the British release happened a year later. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 March 1989 The Aquarian Press published What the Bee Knows: Reflections on Myth, Symbol, and Story, a selection of essays and stories by PLT, previously published in Parabola. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 April 1996 PLT died at her home, 29 Shawfield Street, Chelsea, London, at the age of ninety-six. Bibliographic Citation link.
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