(1911–1988), British novelist and teacher. Born in Weymouth, Dorset, Rosemary Joy Manning had unhappy experiences at boarding school which provoked recurrent mental illness and informed her adult novel, The Chinese Garden (1962). In her first, most enduring book for children, Green Smoke (1957), she speaks through an ancient and irascible dragon, R. Dragon, who flies the child Sue to a number of legendary sites relating their stories. This and its three sequels (1959, 1962, 1980) remain popular. Like her writing for adults, Manning's notable historical novel for young adults, Arripay (1969), celebrates the achievement of true and fearless self-knowledge.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.