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LIVELY ORACLE: A Centennial Celebration of P.L. Travers, Creator of "Mary Poppins" Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: LARSON PUBLICATIONS (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943914949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943914947
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How many know that the legendary creator of Mary Poppins was a brilliant, mysterious woman with many other accomplishments? That she found deep poems in the silence of the bush, played Shakespearean roles in the Australian outback, crossed the world to plunge barefoot through Irish bogs and come under the tutelage of W B Yeats and George Bernard Shaw, received a secret name from Navajo elders, dined with G I Gurdjieff, raked sand gardens in Japan, and that Celtic literary genius A E (George Russell) was virtually a second father to her - Pamela L Travers passionately celebrated story, fairytale, and mythic image. She co-founded and was a guiding light for "Parabola" magazine for many years. Now friends and colleagues celebrate her on the centennial of her birth (1899). These tributes, stories, interviews, and analyses of her work - all from people who knew her - recount delightful facets of one of the 20th century's most creative and memorable minds.

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Much more than Mary Poppins!! 20 July 2009
By Joseph Madia Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Everyone knows Disney's Mary Poppins, but what of Mary's creator, P. L. Travers? This collection of twenty essays (three by Travers herself) not only reconnects the author with her most famous work, but illuminates the vibrant thoughts, expressive writing, and lifetime of exploration into myths, fairy tales, and folklore that were the true passions of this gifted writer.

The Introduction gives the reader glimpses into the breadth and scope of Travers' life and outlines the vast terrain to be covered. In these pages we meet a private woman who asked in her will that no biographies be written about her. Instead, the editors have gathered an impressive array of authors, editors, and friends who knew Travers professionally and personally to shed some light on her life.

Part One comprises two essays, which are an invaluable resource in understanding Travers' origins and influences. Part Two contains two essays on Mary Poppins. Koralek's piece looks at the six books in the series and their relationship to the Disney film. Sibley's contribution elaborates on the Disney adaptation and Travers' role in the journey. Sibley is in a unique position to discuss this intriguing tale of artistic wills--he worked with Travers on a script for a never-produced sequel to the film. What is of interest here is just how different the film is from the intent of the author. Travers, who served as a consultant on the film (in title, at least), resisted relinquishing the rights for a full decade after meeting Walt Disney, and Sibley details "many tempestuous meetings" between Travers and the production staff. Part Three considers Friend Monkey, About the Sleeping Beauty, and The Fox at the Manger. The authors do a wonderful job of providing analysis not so much for its own academic sake but rather intrinsically linked to the influences and themes buzzing around Travers.

The fourth part expands on Travers' fascination with the world of myth. The first essay looks at Travers' contributions to Parabola. Over 15 years she contributed over 40 articles and stories. The third essay is a culinary metaphor called "A Writer Worth Her Salt" by the aptly named Rob Baker that illuminates Travers' editorial relationship and input with Parabola staff. The essays by Trebbe Johnson and Feenie Ziner that conclude the "Themes" section are equally entertaining and enlightening. Part Five is a bridge between others writing about P.L. Travers and the final section, which presents some of her works. The three contributors to this section share their excerpts of conversations and interviews with Travers with an unmitigated joy and respect that truly brings home the tremendous impact that she had on so many people. Jonathan Cotts' reminiscences about her garden I found particularly touching.

For the writer and reader who goes daily swimming in the depths of myth, fair-tale, and folklore, this collection--and the broad range of works by its intriguing subject--will be a resource gone back to again and again.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book was a treat 14 Jan. 2014
By Paula L. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you loved Mary Poppins and were also intrigued by the movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” I think you will love this book.The essays are beautifully written and the book also contains some wonderful correspondence between Julie Andrews and Pamela Travers. After learning more about Travers, it's no wonder that I was so captivated by her character of Mary Poppins! She was a child of the Australian outback, actress, author, seeker, lover of myth, and mystic. I’m so glad to know her a little more through this book. I just bought the complete set of Mary Poppins on my Kindle and can’t wait to read them again.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“For many years, Pamela lived in preparation for death. As she finally approached, barefoot, the flower-shaped central stone(known variously as Ciel, Jerusalem, The Holy City, and la Mort) of the Maze at Chartres, she came to the following:

Well death, what have I to bring you? Only this – my burden! And, as well, certain scraps of meaning. For, if my life happened to me, there have been moments – may they be counted – when I have happened to it… Let me not, therefore, be a Sabine woman, part of your plunder, borne off in protest. I would encounter darkness as a bride and eat of the pomegranate!
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A superb collection of articles, essays & biography. 3 Feb. 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most will be familiar with the author P.L. Travers as the creator of the Mary Poppins series: this biographical sketch expands upon the Travers details, covering her enthusiasm for poetry, her world travels, her acting abilities and encounters with sages and famous personalities. Articles by a variety of contributors provide many different aspects of Pamela Travers' personality and achievements.
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