Olivia Manning

Standard Name: Manning, Olivia
Birth Name: Olivia Mary Manning
Nickname: Ollov
Pseudonym: Jacob Morrow
Pseudonym: O. M. Manning
Married Name: Olivia Mary Smith
OM 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.


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Friends, Associates Barbara Pym
In a letter to Philip Larkin , Pym remarked, Iris was much smaller than I imagined—I'd always thought of her as tall, but I seemed to tower above her (though only in height, of course)...
Friends, Associates George Bernard Shaw
He was an important figure in the lives and careers of almost innumerable women writers: a good friend of Annie Besant , Sylvia Pankhurst , Elizabeth Robins , and Christopher St John , a romantic...
Friends, Associates Stevie Smith
Her large circle of friends also included Sally Chilver (author of A History of Socialism), novelists Inez Holden , Olivia Manning , and Cecily Mackworth , Kay Dick (assistant editor of John O'London's Weekly...
Friends, Associates Ivy Compton-Burnett
After Jourdain's death, ICB 's circle of friends included George Furlong , Rex Brandreth , Barbara and Walter Robinson , Soame Jenyns , Elizabeth Taylor , Sonia Orwell (widow of the writer George Orwell), Australian-born...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Jane Howard
Her friends during the 1950s included Stephen and Natasha Spender , Alec Waugh , Margaret Lane , Malcolm Sargent , and Joyce Grenfell . She also met Cyril Connolly , Olivia Manning , Stevie Smith
Friends, Associates Pamela Hansford Johnson
Friends made in New York included PHJ 's publisher Charles Scribner , as well as Diana and Lionel Trillingwhom I loved, but always found a little intimidating.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Important to Me. Macmillan; Scribner.
At home her literary friends included...
Friends, Associates Betty Miller
BM 's friends included Olivia Manning , Rosamond Lehmann , Stevie Smith , Inez Holden , Viola Meynell , and Eleanor Farjeon .
Miller, Sarah, and Betty Miller. “Introduction”. On the Side of the Angels, Virago, p. vii - xviii.
In wartime she met and immediately took to Adrian Stephen ,...
Friends, Associates Harold Pinter
Simon Gray was Pinter's favourite living playwright and favourite friend.
Fraser, Antonia. Must You Go?. Random House of Canada.
Other friends included Sam Spiegel (who offered him a place to stay when he left his first marriage) and Reggie Smith (husband of the...
Intertextuality and Influence Sheenagh Pugh
Her recent poems often adopt an oblique but clearly legible attitude to political events. The Bereavement of the Lion-Keeper (a poem whose subject-matter is interestingly congruent with that of Olivia Manning 's short story The...
Literary responses Edith Sitwell
This was praised by British Book News, which rejoiced to find ES 's astonishing verbal dexterity employed in her later work upon themes of ever-increasing profundity . . . . She is a poet...
Literary responses Elizabeth Taylor
Reviews of A Game of Hide and Seek included high praise from Marghanita Laski and Elizabeth Bowen (some consolation to ET for her problems with her US publisher), but also carping which she found deeply...
politics Matilda Charlotte Houstoun
MCH considered herself an extreme Liberal, though not a Gladstonian. She was fascinated by the controversy over Sir Henry Morton Stanley 's Relief Expedition of 1887-1890, in which eight Europeans and over a thousand Africans...
Textual Production Anna Wickham
Virago Press published The Writings of Anna Wickham , Free Woman and Poet, edited by R. D. Smith , a collection of her poetry and prose which includes several previously unpublished works.
R. D...
Textual Production Anna Wickham
R. D. Smith , AW 's editor (and widower of Olivia Manning ), indicates that she wrote a number of prose pieces between 1910 and 1915, of which only a handful are published in his...
Textual Production Susan Hill
The anthology of British women writers she published in 1990 with Michael Joseph as The Parchment Moon: An Anthology of Modern Women's Short Stories was reprinted the following year as The Penguin Book of Modern...


1 January 1916: The British edition of Vogue (an American...

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1 January 1916

The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast in Hanover Square, London.

22 June 1941: Romania under its King Michael or Mihai joined...

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22 June 1941

Romania under its King Michael or Mihai joined the German side in the Second World War, in pursuit of its enmity with the USSR and at the prompting of a Nazi military mission which had...

23 October-7 November 1942: The Second Battle of El Alamein ended in...

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23 October-7 November 1942

The Second Battle of El Alamein ended in a British victory.

: The Paris Review launched Feminize Your Canon,...

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The Paris Review launched Feminize Your Canon, a monthly column that explores the lives of underrated and underread female authors.


Manning, Olivia. A Different Face. Heinemann, 1953.
Manning, Olivia. A Romantic Hero. Heinemann, 1967.
Manning, Olivia. A Romantic Hero. Mandarin, 1992.
Manning, Olivia. Artist among the Missing. Heinemann, 1949.
Manning, Olivia. Friends and Heroes. Heinemann, 1965.
Manning, Olivia. Growing Up. Heinemann, 1948.
English, Isobel, and Olivia Manning. “Introduction”. The Play Room, Virago, 1984, p. vii - xv.
English, Isobel, and Olivia Manning. “Introduction”. The Wind Changes, Virago, 1988, p. v - xvi.
Manning, Olivia. School for Love. Heinemann, 1951.
Manning, Olivia. The Balkan Trilogy. Penguin, 1981.
Manning, Olivia. The Battle Lost and Won. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978.
Manning, Olivia. The Danger Tree. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977.
Manning, Olivia. The Doves of Venus. Heinemann, 1955.
Manning, Olivia. The Dreaming Shore. Evans Brothers, 1950.
Manning, Olivia. The Great Fortune. Heinemann, 1960.
Manning, Olivia. The Play Room. Heinemann, 1969.
Manning, Olivia. The Rain Forest. Heinemann, 1974.
Manning, Olivia. The Remarkable Expedition. Heinemann, 1947.
Manning, Olivia. The Spoilt City. Heinemann, 1962.
Manning, Olivia. The Sum of Things. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980.
Manning, Olivia. The Wind Changes. Jonathan Cape, 1937.
Manning, Olivia, and Isobel English. The Wind Changes. Virago, 1988.
Ouida, and Olivia Manning. Under Two Flags. Anthony Blond, 1967.