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Drabble, Margaret,

1939–, English novelist, b. Sheffield, Yorkshire; sister of A. S. ByattByatt, A. S.
(Antonia Susan Byatt) , 1936–, British novelist; sister of Margaret Drabble. Educated at Cambridge, Bryn Mawr College, Pa., and Oxford, she is a noted critic and novelist whose work is erudite, subtle, and passionate.
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. Drabble's rigorous and unsentimentally realistic vision of an England split between traditional values and contemporary desires is apparent in such works as The Millstone (1965), The Waterfall (1969), The Needle's Eye (1972), and The Middle Ground (1980), and in her critical studies on Wordsworth (1966) and Arnold Bennett (1974). A noted scholar, she also edited the Oxford Companion to English Literature (1985, 1996). Drabble's later novels have become more complex and her fictional focus has moved from society as a whole to an insightful analysis of the fate of women, as in The Radiant Way (1987), its sequel, A Natural Curiosity (1989), The Gates of Ivory (1991), The Peppered Moth (2001), whose central character is based on her mother, The Seven Sisters (2002), and The Sea Lady (2006). Drabble casts a wider literary net in her novel The Dark Flood Rises (2017), an exploration of old age and mortality. Her complete short stories, 14 in all, were published as A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman (2011). Drabble was made a dame of the British Empire in 2008.


See her autobiographical The Pattern in the Carpet (2009); V. G. Myer, Margaret Drabble: A Reader's Guide (1991); studies by D. Schmidt, ed. (1982), M. H. Moran (1983), S. Roxman (1984), J. V. Creighton (1985), E. C. Rose, ed. (1985), L. V. Sadler (1986), N. F. Stovel (1989), I. Wojcik-Andrews (1995), and N. S. Bokat (1998).

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In a career that spans 50 years, Drabble has written many far sharper novels that capture intelligent women caught between fealty to family, work and their own personal development as they navigate changing times.
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Let them have everything that is pleasant," Drabble writes, and, though she doesn't say it straight out, the implied subject of that sentence is "you," meaning the reader.
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BIRTHDAYS: Margaret Drabble, author, 76; Nigel Rees, broadcaster/ writer, 71; Laurie Anderson, musician, 68; Sir David Hare, playwright, 68; Ken Follett, writer, 66; Kenny G, saxophonist, 59; Mark Wahlberg, actor, 44.
WRITERS including Margaret Drabble, Claire Tomalin, Michael Buerk, Melvyn Bragg, Kate Adie and Ben Okri attest to the pulling power of the Lake District with its stunning scenery and rich literary legacy.