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Margaret Drabble is a prolific, resourceful, and often surprising novelist and short-story writer, with a high reputation as a literary historian and critic. She is still widely identified with one of her early styles: the 'kitchen-sink' realist depictions of highly-educated young women enmeshed in wifehood and motherhood. She has become an ambitious chronicler of the rising lifestyle and expectations of the late-twentieth-century professional classes; but also she is a persistent experimenter with techniques of allusion, symbolism, and contradiction of realist expectations.
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5 June 1939 MD was born in Sheffield in Yorkshire, the second in a family of four children. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 23 September 1965 MD published her third novel, The Millstone, about bearing a baby out of wedlock. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 22 May 1969 MD published The Waterfall; written in the voice of an 'other woman', it engages extensively with the conventions of Victorian women's novels. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 April 1985 MD made her mark as a scholar when she published her redesigned and entirely rewritten edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Bibliographic Citation link.
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