P. L. Travers

po_Travers-P-LPamela Lyndon Travers (born Helen Lyndon Goff; August 9, 1899 – April 23, 1996), was an Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist.

In 1924, she emigrated to England where she wrote under the pen name P. L. Travers. In 1933, she began writing her series of children’s novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins. During the Second World War, while working for the British Ministry of Information, she travelled to New York where Roy Disney first contacted her about selling the Mary Poppins character to the Disney studio for film use.

For services to literature, Travers was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 1977. Her popular books have been adapted many times, including the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and the Broadway musical originally produced in London’s West End.