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Margaret Drabble (born June 5, 1939) is an English novelist. June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ...

She was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, as the second daughter of the advocate and novelist John F. Drabble and the teacher Kathleen Marie, née Bloor. Her older half-sister Antonia Susan was to become 1990's Booker Prize winner A. S. Byatt. After attending the Quaker boarding-school Mount school at York where her mother was employed she received a major scholarship for Newnham College, Cambridge. She studied English and was awarded double honours (special courses for reaching a high distinction in a university degree). This article is about the city in England. ... The White Yorkshire rose. ... For the Temptations album, see 1990 (Temptations album) MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... Dame Antonia Susan Byatt , DBE, (born August 24, 1936, Sheffield, England) has been hailed by some as one of the great postmodern novelists in Britain. ... The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, or Friends, is a religious community founded in England in the 17th century. ... York is a city in northern England, at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. ... Full name Newnham College Motto - Named after Its location in the village of Newnham Previous names Newnham Hall Established 1871 Sister College Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Principal The Lady ONeill of Bengarve Location Sidgwick Avenue Undergraduates 396 Graduates 120 Homepage Boatclub A view of part of Newnham College. ...

In 1960 she married the actor Clive Swift and briefly joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon. During the sixties, her three children were born. In 1963, her first novel A Summer Bird Cage was published by Weidenfeld&Nicholson, her main publisher until the late 1980s. Her third novel, The Millstone, published in 1966, brought her the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Clive Swift as his character, Richard Bucket, in Keeping Up Appearances. ... The Royal Shakespeare Company is a British theatre company, one of the most influential in the country. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ...

In 1975 she divorced her husband. In 1980 she was awarded the CBE (Commander of Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1982 she married the writer and biographer Michael Holroyd. Together with him, she now lives in London and Somerset. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand... Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), born 21 April 1926, is the Queen regnant of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and... Michael Holroyd (born August 27, 1935) is a biographer, born in London and educated at Eton College. ...

Though famous for her novels, Drabble also wrote several screenplays, plays, short stories, and some biographies as well as non-fiction books such as A writer's Britain. Landscape and Literature. She wrote comments on several literary classics and took on the editorship of the Oxford Companion to English Literature in 1987 and in 2000.

A theme of her novels is the correlation between contemporary England's society and its individual members. Her characters' tragical faults reflect the political and economical situation and the restrictiveness of conservative surroundings, making the reader aware of the dark spots of a seemingly wealthy country. Her protagonists are mostly women. The realistic portrayal of her figures often relates to Drabble's personal experiences. Thus, her first novels describe the life of young women, whilst during the late sixties and seventies, the conflict between motherhood and intellectual challenges is brought into focus. 1998's The Witch of Exmoor finally shows the withdrawn existence of an old author. Though inspired by her own life, her works are not mainly autobiographical. Fictional conflicts of everyday life such as unwanted pregnancy in The Millstone are not shown in a melodramatic and compassionate manner but with the ironical and witty touch of dry British humour. Her syntax remarks among other features a subtle and unexpected use of tenses.

External links

  • http://www.redmood.com/drabble/: Biography and a selected bibliography with brief descriptions of most of her works. Also includes a link to COPAC (UK) and the Library of Congress (US), which have more detailed lists of publications.
  • http://www.xrefer.com/: Gives access to several online dictionary entries on Drabble, e.g. The Penguin Biographical Dictionary of Women or Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations.
  • 1989 Audio Interview with Margaret Drabble - RealAudio
  • Margaret Drabble at www.contemporarywriters.com

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AllRefer.com - Margaret Drabble (English Literature, 20th Century To The Present, Biography) - Encyclopedia (252 words)
Margaret Drabble, English Literature, 20th Century To The Present, Biographies
Drabble's realistic vision of an England split between traditional values and contemporary desires is apparent in such works as The Millstone (1965), The Waterfall (1969), and The Middle Ground (1980), and in her critical studies on Wordsworth (1966) and Arnold Bennett (1974).
Increasingly Drabble's focus has moved from society as a whole to 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, and The Seven Sisters (2002).
Literary Encyclopedia: Drabble, Margaret (1892 words)
Margaret Drabble is oft given to have asserted: “I’d rather be at the end of a dying tradition, which I admire, than at the beginning of a tradition which I deplore” (qtd.
Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield, England, in 1939, into a middle-class, literary family, her mother a teacher and her father a judge.
Drabble’s unexpected pregnancy further settled her into the writing life, and she found both the pleasure of motherhood and the sedentary occupation of the writer compatible, though clearly the dilemma of the college-educated, career-oriented woman adjusting to marriage and domesticity figures into her early fiction.
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