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P.L. Travers

  • Trouble trouble and it will trouble you.

  • Children's books are looked on as a sideline of literature. A special smile. They are usually thought to be associated with women. I was determined not to have this label of sentimentality put on me so I signed by my intials, hoping people wouldn't bother to wonder if the books were written by a man, woman or kangaroo.

    • P.L. Travers,
    • in Haskel Frankel, "A Rose for Mary Poppins," Saturday Review ()
  • ... I've felt that if I just used initials nobody would know whether I was a man or a woman, a dog or a tiger. I could hide from view, like a bat on the underside of a branch.

    • P.L. Travers,
    • in Roy Newquist, Conversations ()
  • I don't think that children, if left to themselves, feel that there is an author behind a book, a somebody who wrote it. Grown-ups have fostered this quotient of identity, particularly teachers. Write a letter to your favorite author and so forth. When I was a child I never realized that there were authors behind books. Books were there as living things, with identities of their own.

    • P.L. Travers,
    • in Roy Newquist, Conversations ()
  • When I was a child, love to me was what the sea is to a fish: something you swim in while you are going about the important affairs of life.

    • P.L. Travers,
    • in Anne Commrie, Something About the Author, vol 54 ()
  • 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, in fact, no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one.

    • P.L. Travers,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • I cannot summon up inspiration; I myself am summoned.

    • P.L. Travers,
    • in George Plimpton, Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, 9th series ()

P.L. Travers, Australian writer

(1906 - 1996)

Full name: Pamela Lyndon Travers.