Michael O’Sullivan is an English Literature graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where his postgraduate work was on the poet W.H. Auden. His latest book, The Poet & the Baroness: W.H. Auden & Stella Musulin, a Friendship, looks at the intellectual friendship between Auden and the Anglo-Austrian writer Stella Musulin. Using unpublished letters from Auden, Musulin's unpublished journals and also relying on the author's friendship with Stella Musulin, this book offers new insights into Auden's time spent in Austria from 1957 until his death in Vienna in 1973.
Michael O'Sullivan curated the first major international symposium and exhibition on Auden in the Künstlerhaus Vienna in 1984. He was Vienna correspondent of the London Independent and later worked on both the Foreign and Parliamentary desks of Ireland's national broadcasting service RTE. He is the author of bestselling biographies of Mary Robinson, Ireland's first woman president and later UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has also written biographies of the founding father of the modern Irish state, Seán Lemass and of the playwright Brendan Behan.
His association with Hungary began in 1982 when he became a frequent visitor to Budapest and when he met many of the old Hungarian noble families who met Patrick Leigh Fermor in 1934 and were then banished from their native land under Communism. Michel discovered the unpublished memoirs of Tibor Scitovszky, one of the principal political figures in the post-Trianon economic reconstruction of Hungary. He has edited the memoir Trianon Tragedy of a Nation: The Memoirs of Tibor Scitovszky. He contributes regularly to the obituary pages of both The Times and The Daily Telegraph. He is a Papal Knight and also a Commander of the Hungarian Order of Merit, one of Hunagary's highest honours which he was awarded for his work on the history of the Treaty of Trianon.