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Olivia Manning began publishing shortly before the Second World War. She produced thirteen novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction including historical and topographical writing. Her best known works are her two highly praised trilogies of novels about Europe in the Second World War.
2 March 1908 OM was born at her parents' home, 134 Laburnam Grove in Portsmouth, Hampshire, the elder of two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 May 1928 OM made her first appearance in print, aged twenty, with a letter to the editor of the local paper explaining the subject-matter of her painting A Study in Tempera, which had been chosen for the local exhibition on the pier. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 July 1980 OM died at the Royal County Hospital at Ryde, Isle of Wight, of the after-effects of a stroke which she had suffered while on holiday. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late September 1980 OM's Levant Trilogy was completed shortly after her death with the appearance of The Sum of Things, the final novel both of the trilogy and of her life. Bibliographic Citation link.
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