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Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection (Includes all six stories in one volume)

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Grilli, Giorgia (2007) [1997]. Myth, Symbol, and Meaning in Mary Poppins: The Governess as Provocateur[ In volo, dietro la porta: Mary Poppins e Pamela Lyndon Travers]. Translated by Jennifer Varney. Foreword by Neil Gaiman. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-97767-8.

Orion: Based on both the mythological character and the personification of the constellation, Orion is a friend of Mary's. He often comes down to Earth from the sky to meet her. Travers published her first book Moscow Excursion in 1934. This book was an account of Travers’s visit of Russia in 1932. Travers published her Mary Poppins in 1934. It was her first success in the field of literature. Mary Poppins is a series of 8 books for children which revolve around the story of Mary Poppins, who is a stern but caring English nanny, who uses magic to take care of the children of the Banks family. Mary Poppins is considered to be a bossy, vain and no-nonsense woman. There was something edgy about this famous nanny that caused the children and the adults to be attracted towards her. Mary Poppins is “practically perfect” in every way. She continuously scolds the children for their behaviour. She is a character who exists in almost all the fantasy genre. The entire series was illustrated by Mary Shepard. Still, Saving Mr. Banksis an entertaining film, though it’s been said that in real life, Travers was even more of a pill than the portrayal by Emma Thompson. Albert Wigg: Mary's uncle, presumably her mother's brother; a large round bald man with a jovial personality. If his birthday falls on a Friday, he comes so full of 'laughing gas' that he floats up in the air. He appears in the 1964 film as Uncle Albert, played by Ed Wynn, and sings the song " I Love to Laugh" with Bert. He is absent from the musical. Travers began publishing her poems in Australian periodicals, when she was still a teenager. She improved her writing skills by writing for newspapers and magazines like Triad and “The Bulletin”. She adopted the name of PL Travers (Pamela Lyndon Travers, which was shortened to PL to hide her gender). She had a reputation of being an accomplished actress and dancer. She left for England in 1924, after touring New Zealand and Australia. She joined Allan Wilkie’s Shakespearean Company, as she was a great fan of Allan Wilkie.Travers did not want Mary Poppins to be beautiful: Shepard wrote she was directed to make Mary Poppins “totally bosomless, as flat as a board, which as a character seemed to suit her best!” Travers was reluctant to share details about her personal life, saying she "most identified with Anonymous as a writer" and asked whether "biographies are of any use at all". Patricia Demers was allowed to interview her in 1988 but not to ask about her personal life. [18] P.L. Travers, c. 1944, by Gertrude Hermes, National Portrait Gallery, London Fox, Margalit (1996-04-25). "P. L. Travers, Creator of the Magical and Beloved Nanny Mary Poppins, Is Dead at 96". The New York Times. Dooling Draper, Ellen; Koralek, Jenny, eds. (1999). A Lively Oracle: a Centennial Celebration of P. L. Travers, Creator of Mary Poppins. New York: Larson Publications. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07 . Retrieved 2014-07-03.

Travers’ own sense of ownership of her creation in turn obscured the contribution made by the illustrator Mary Shepard. Despite a 54 year collaboration, Shepard is regularly ignored in discussions of the books: the 2013 movie Saving Mr Banks, which detailed the genesis of the film, did not even mention Shepard or the pivotal role she played in the books’ success.The books portrays five Banks children, Jane and Michael the eldest and who Mary Poppins go on with during most of her magical adventures, John and Barbara who are twins and started going on the magical adventures in the second book and Annabel the youngest and who only joins the magical adventure crew at the middle of the second book. The film only includes Jane and Michael. Fearing she wouldn’t be taken seriously as an author, despite the success of her Mary Poppins books, she wrote young adult novels, a play, as well as essays and lectures on mythology. In 1966, already after the highly successful Disney film was produced, she remained busy, serving asa writer-in-residence at Radcliffe College and Smith College. Helen Lyndon Goff, also known as Lyndon, was born on 9 August 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, at her family's home. [4] Her mother, Margaret Agnes Goff (née Morehead), was Australian and the niece of Boyd Dunlop Morehead, Premier of Queensland from 1888 to 1890. [ citation needed] Her father, Travers Robert Goff, was unsuccessful as a bank manager owing to his alcoholism, and was eventually demoted to the position of bank clerk. [5] The two had been married on 9 November 1898, nine months before Helen was born. [4] The name Helen came from a maternal great-grandmother and great-aunt. Although she was born in Australia, Goff considered herself Irish and later expressed the sentiment that her birth had been "misplaced". [6] Pamela’s father Travers Robert Goff was a bank manager that had been demoted to bank clerk, though if you asked Pamela she would likely tell you that he oversaw a sugar plantation in Australia while donning a white suit and matching hat. Goff’s true career served as the inspiration for Mr. Banks, the patriarch of the Mary Poppins series. Though her father’s actual position was somewhat unimpressive, Pamela’s mother, Margaret Morehead, came from a wealthy and influential Australian family (she was, in fact, the niece of the Premier of Queensland, so the Guardian wasn’t entirely off base). Pamela’s parents often traveled, leaving her behind with her Aunt Ellie. The loneliness she felt at being apart from her parents fueled her imagination; her stories helped to keep her company. From the age of 4 she liked to imagine herself as a brooding hen, and would often sit with her arms folded tightly around her body. This practice would later translate to her writing process, which she felt required a great deal of “brooding” or pondering. George Banks is Mary Poppins employer and lives at seventeen Cherry Tree Lane with his wife and kids and works at the Bank in London. He is rarely home but has a gruffly love for his family. He is too much occupied with his work since he has a senior job as portrayed by the movie, that he rarely has time for his family. He however changes this attitude after a friend, Bert, cautions him that he is missing out on his children’s life and might never get the chance to see their childhood. He had a bad experience with a rough nanny while growing up and this caution by a friend completely changes him in to a dad every child would wish for. This is clearly shown when he repairs his child’s kite and even takes the kids out to play.

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