Marianne Rosen was born in Hellerup. Both parents were doctors, her father a gynaecologist, her mother an orthopaedist. She graduated in Danish and history, taught at upper secondary schools, evening classes, and university, and for many years worked for the culture section of the daily newspaper Information, where she reviewed Italian literature and wrote articles on subjects such as Italy or her operation for breast cancer. In 1971 she moved to Italy together with her first husband, who was a painter and died in 1993. In 1995 she moved to Denmark in connection with her new marriage.
She made her debut with the short story collection Narrebilleder in 1983. Slangens vej, 1984, is a novel, typical of the period, about marriage and its pitfalls. In Bebudelsen, 1987, she described a young man's encounter with Roman culture in the 1870s. Her later works, such as the children's and teenage book Serafinas himmelfart, 1989, moved in a burlesque, fantasy universe. In Buddhas smil (N), 1991, she tried her hand at a genre untypical for women writers, namely erotic literature.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Marianne Rosen published the short story collection Himperigimpe, 2000.