He was one of my favorite writers as probably for millions of kids worldwide for generations - a great person, an awesome writer. Thank you for this posting!
As a small boy, he ran away from home. His father found him on ship bound for India, ready to become a deck-hand in order to work his passage. He made the child promise not to travel anymore unless it was in his imagination... and he actually kept that promise.
It must have been frustrating. All the same, that imagination took so many people to so many different worlds.