I just watched the trailed for Disney's new film about the making of its classic hit, "Mary Poppins".
There have been reviews which point out the Walt wasn't the way he's portrayed in the film.
But I have not seen anything about the other major character, the author of the books the film was based upon, P. L. Travers.
So I looked up her life.
Travers greatly admired and emulated J. M. Barrie, the author of the 1911 novel Peter Pan, which bears many structural resemblances to the Mary Poppins series. Indeed, Travers' first publisher was Peter Llewelyn Davies, Barrie's adopted son and widely regarded as the model for Peter Pan.
In 1925 while in Ireland, Travers met the poet George William Russell (who wrote under the name "Æ") who, as editor of The Irish Statesman, accepted some of her poems for publication. Through Russell, Travers met W. B. Yeats, Oliver St. John Gogarty, and other Irish poets who fostered her interest in and knowledge of world mythology. She had studied the Gurdjieff System under Jane Heap and in March 1936, with the help of Jessie Orage, she met the mystic George Gurdjieff, who would have a great effect on her, as well as on several other literary figures.
At the invitation of her friend, Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier, Travers spent two summers living among the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples studying their mythology and folklore. After the war, she became Writer-in-Residence at Radcliffe Hall, Harvard University and Smith Hall. She returned to England, making only one brief visit to Sydney in 1960 while on her way to Japan to study Zen mysticism.
Although she never married, she had romantic relationships with both men and women. Her biographer Valerie Lawson writes that she probably had a sexual relationship with Madge Burnand, and certainly one with Jessie Orage.