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Laburnum Grove

Deirdre David

in Olivia Manning

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199609185
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803598 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.003.0002
Laburnum Grove

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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 elsewhere by her social inferiority, pathetic wardrobe, and provincial manners. Even when Olivia Manning had achieved considerable professional success, spoke in a remarkably polished accent, and was surrounded by bright and accomplished friends, she sometimes still appeared almost pitiful. This chapter also states that Olivia's recollections of her mother and obsession with the figure of a disappointed and bitter woman in her short stories suggest much bickering and unhappiness at her home in Laburnum Grove, Portsmouth.

Keywords: Olivia Manning; social inferiority; Laburnum Grove; Portsmouth; short stories

Chapter.  7856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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