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Olivia Manning : a woman at war

Author: Deirdre David
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Olivia Manning: A Woman at War is the first 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Olivia Manning; Olivia Manning; Olivia Manning
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deirdre David
ISBN: 9780199609185 0199609187
OCLC Number: 825100042
Description: xvii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Laburnum grove --
The most terrifying city in the world --
Bucharest --
Escaping the barbarians --
The dark side of the world --
Going home --
Writing in austerity --
The 'Booksey boys' and the woman writer --
Watching history --
A strange decade --
A deteriorating world --
The battle won --
The stray survivor.
Responsibility: Deirdre David.

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The first literary biography of the twentieth-century novelist Olivia Manning, this volume is a timely, expert, and well-researched biography that offers a vivid portrait of wartime survival and of  Read more...

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Recommended. * D. Stuber, CHOICE * Deirdre David, who has written a rewarding book about Manning's life, treats her as a giant. Having read the two trilogies, and then Deirdre David's book as a Read more...

 
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