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Watching History

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter describes the time when Olivia Manning began writing ‘The Great Fortune’ in 1956. She conceived this as a novel at first, but eventually it came to be an autobiographical narrative ... More


The ‘Booksey Boys’ and the Woman Writer

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter emphasizes that Olivia Manning's attitude towards the literary crowd in the 1950s differed substantially from her friendships with her male friends back in the late 1930s, where she had ... More


A Deteriorating World

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explains that by October 1970, plagued by her various illnesses, Olivia Manning fell into the familiar pattern of agonizing to her close friends about an inability to work, lack of ideas ... More


The Battle Won

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter states that Olivia Manning in the mid-1970s, exasperated by condescending attitudes towards women writers, disgruntled by an influx of non-white immigrants into Britain, and preoccupied ... More


Laburnum Grove

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explains that as a pained witness to her parents' quarrels, Olivia Manning never overcame her feelings of deprivation and liminality. As a child, she felt shut out from a better world ... More


The Dark Side of the World

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter shows that as a consequence of Olivia Manning's eyewitness recognition of Britain's pervasive sway in Egypt, she began to question the stories of imperial superiority that were crucial ... More


A Strange Decade

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter describes how Olivia Manning was struck by the very strangeness of life at the close of the 1960s, which was affirmed by much of her writing during the decade. In her collection of short ... More


Going Home

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter describes how that in the time between Olivia Manning's Petra trip and departure from the Middle East from 1943 to 1945, she made notes for the novel that was to become ‘Artist Among the ... More


Writing in Austerity

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the expression ‘going without’, a common expression used to illustrate daily life in wartime Britain. This expression is prominently defined in the two novels that Olivia ... More


Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Deirdre David

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

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 ... More


The Most Terrifying City in the World

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter starts by describing that in late 1934, with an introduction from one of her father's naval friends and despite a high level of unemployment in the capital, Olivia Manning finally found ... More


Introduction: Never a Day Without a Line

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter introduces Olivia Mannging as an English woman who was a member of the English colony, which was composed principally of British embassy staff, businessmen, and journalists. It was a ... More


Bucharest

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses that Olivia Manning's memories of going to Bucharest which set the scene for the first volume in the ‘Balkan trilogy’, ‘The Great Fortune’, constructing a scene that suggests ... More


Escaping the Barbarians

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter talks about Olivia Manning's relief at landing safely after leaving Sofia. This was followed almost immediately by recognition of a difference between the English in Bucharest and the ... More


The Stray Survivor

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199609185
eISBN:
9780191803598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter implies that despite the delicate stomach of her days in Greece and Egypt and discomfort of the aching bones, Olivia Manning relished her existence and all the talk about taking an ... More


Late Modernist Rationing: War, Class, Power

Kelly Sullivan

in Gastro-modernism: Food, Literature, Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781942954682
eISBN:
9781789623635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954682.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Late modernist writers highlight food consumption as a palatable means of discussing their reactions to perceived shifts in class and power in British society. This chapter considers the food in work ... More


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