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Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Deirdre David


This book presents a literary biography of the twentieth-century novelist Olivia Manning. It tells the story of a writer whose life and work were shaped by her own fierce ambition, and, like many of her generation, the events and aftermath of the Second World War. From the time she left Portsmouth for London in the mid-1930s determined to become a famous writer, through her wartime years in the Balkans and the Middle East, and until her death in London in 1980, Olivia Manning was a dedicated and hard-working author. Married to a British Council lecturer stationed in Bucharest, Olivia Manning a ... More

Keywords: Olivia Manning, Romania, 1930s, The Balkan Trilogy, The Levant Trilogy, Second World War, post-war, feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deirdre David, author
Professor Emerita of English at Temple University