Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble, 1939–, English novelist, b. Sheffield, Yorkshire; sister of A. S. Byatt. 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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Margaret Drabble: Selected full-text books and articles

Margaret Drabble: Existing within Structures By Mary Hurley Moran Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
Women Writers Talking By Janet Todd Holmes & Meier, 1983
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Margaret Drabble's Wordsworth By Perkin, Russell Wordsworth Circle, Vol. 46, No. 3, Summer 2015
Investing in Conrad, Investing in the Orient: Margaret Drabble's the Gates of Ivory By Bowen, Roger Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 3, Fall 1999
Feminist Ideology of an Academic Woman in Margaret Drabble's the Millstone By Yilmaz, Sümeyra Buran Journal of Research in Gender Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, July 1, 2014
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Bucking a Trend: Oates's "The Buck" and Drabble's the Witch of Exmoor By Fiander, Lisa Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2004
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Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide By Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik Greenwood Press, 2002
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