P. L. Travers - Quotes

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A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns. ---->>>

I cannot summon up inspiration; I myself am summoned. ---->>>

I've had quite a lot to conquer in myself apart from writing. Not that I've been a pure angel when I come to the end of it. ---->>>

'Friend Monkey' is really my favorite of all my books because the Hindu myth on which it is based is my favorite - the myth of the Monkey Lord who loved so much that he created chaos wherever he went. ---->>>

My father died when I was 7. I was his favorite child, and he was my beloved father. I brought him along with me all through my life. Every elderly man has a bit of my father in him for me. ---->>>

Every child needs to have for itself not only its loving parents and siblings and friends of its own age, but a grown-up friend. ---->>>

I never wrote my books especially for children. ---->>>

I think the idea of 'Mary Poppins' has been blowing in and out of me, like a curtain at a window, all my life. ---->>>

Sorrow lies like a heartbeat behind everything I have written. ---->>>

Nothing I had written before 'Mary Poppins' had anything to do with children, and I have always assumed, when I thought about it at all, that she had come out of the same wall of nothingness as the poetry, myth and legend that had absorbed me all my writing life. ---->>>

You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for - if you are honest - you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one. ---->>>

I was brought up Irish, where there was room for my own private world. ---->>>

My family didn't like me going on the stage, and they didn't much like my being a writer, either. ---->>>

You can ask me anything you like about my work, but I'll never talk about myself. ---->>>

For me, there are no answers, only questions, and I am grateful that the questions go on and on. I don't look for an answer because I don't think there is one. I'm very glad to be the bearer of a question. ---->>>

I think that 'Mary Poppins' needs a subtle reader, in many respects, to grasp all its implications, and I understand that these cannot be translated in terms of the film. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Australian
Born: August 9, 1899
Birthplace:
Die: 04-23, 1996
Occupation: Writer
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Pamela Lyndon "P.L." Travers, OBE (; born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian-born British novelist, actress and journalist. She is known best for the Mary Poppins series of children's books featuring the magical English nanny Mary Poppins. Upon emigrating to England in 1924, Goff began to write under the pen name P (wikipedia)