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P. L. Travers

Novelist from Australia

P. L. Travers Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian-born 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. 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. Helen Lyndon Goff was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, the daughter of an unsuccessful bank manager (later demoted to bank clerk) named Travers Robert Goff, who was born in Deptford, south London, England. Following the death of their father, Helen Goff and mother and sisters moved to Bowral, New South Wales in 1907, and lived there until 1917. Helen Goff began publishing her poems while still a teenager and wrote for The Bulletin and Triad while also gaining a reputation as an actress; she soon adopted the stage name "Pamela Lyndon Travers". She toured Australia and New Zealand with a Shakespearean touring company before leaving for England in 1924. There she dedicated herself  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Pamela Lyndon Travers,Helen Goff,Travers, P.L.,Helen Lyndon Goff,P.L. Travers
Date of birth
1899-08-09
Place of birth
Maryborough
Nationality
Australia
Parents
Travers Robert Goff
Children
Camillus
Profession
Novelist, Writer, Journalist, Actor

Death

Date of death
1996-04-23
Place of death
London

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