Standard Name: Drabble, Margaret
Birth Name: Margaret Drabble
Married Name: Margaret Swift
Married Name: Margaret Holroyd
Titled: Dame Margaret Holroyd
MD 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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Newnham, established in 1871 as a house in which young women could reside while attending lectures in Cambridge, was in 1971 one of the university's only three all-female colleges. (Since then Girton has begun to...
|Family and Intimate relationships||A. S. Byatt|
Jane Eyre has also been subject to a host of feminist revisions. Beatrice Kean Seymour 's The Hopeful Journey (1923) presents a response to, and The Second Mrs. Conford (1951) a reworking of, the novel's...
|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Jennings|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Ursula K. Le Guin|
|Intertextuality and Influence||George Eliot||
Alison Booth has traced GE 's influence on Virginia Woolf , and several critics have anointed Margaret Drabble as her major successor among contemporary British writers.
As Gillian Beer notes, GEwas not...
Booth, Alison. Greatness Engendered. Cornell University Press, 1992.
Blake, Kathleen. “George Eliot: The Critical Heritage”. The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot, edited by George Levine and George Levine, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 202 - 25.
|Literary responses||Elizabeth Robins||
Margaret Drabble has connected this incident with the desire for a room of one's own.
Drabble, Margaret. “Amber Reeves (1887 - 1981)”. Breaking Bounds. Six Newnham Lives, edited by Biddy Passmore, Newnham College, 2014, pp. 40 -51.
|Literary responses||Irene Handl|
|Literary responses||Arnold Bennett||
However, a reviewer for the Times felt that aspects of the work, such as Bennett's notion that articles might be suggested by everyday occurrences (getting up in the morning might result in pieces on 'Queer...
|Literary responses||Penelope Shuttle|
|Literary responses||Arnold Bennett||
Margaret Drabble began work on her biography of AB (published in 1974) in a partisan spirit, because she felt Bennett was seriously undervalued. She was, she wrote, surprised to find she enjoyed and respected...
|Literary responses||Muriel Spark||
Most English reviews were raves.
Susan Hill however, in The Times, found this book disappointing in comparison with Spark's early masterpieces, but read it, together with other recent works, as evidence that...
Stannard, Martin. Muriel Spark. The Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009.
|Literary responses||Rosamond Lehmann|
|Literary responses||Doris Lessing||
The Guardian marked the book's fiftieth anniversary in 2012 with reflections on it by women of four generations. Diana Athill (born in 1917) says she took against it on its first appearance; she found it...
|Literary responses||Nell Dunn|
Giles Gordon did a series of interviews for The Scotsman with female authors: a species of writer that at the time wasn't particularly recognised, although it certainly had been in the previous century.
Spare Rib, a feminist periodical issued monthly by Spare Ribs from 27 Clerkenwell Close, London, was launched to put women's liberation on the news stands.
Doughan, David, and Denise Sanchez. Feminist Periodicals, 1855-1984. Harvester Press, 1987.