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									Margaret DrabbleMargaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble began to write when she was an unemployed actress in England; her stories about independent, Austen-esque heroines are dramatic, but carry the intellectual weight of Drabble's own narrative inventiveness and incisive social commentary.

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Margaret Drabble
Current Home:
London, England
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1939
Place of Birth:
Sheffield, England
Cambridge University
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Jerusalem the Golden, 1968; E. M. Forster Award, 1973

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Selected Novels

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								The Red Queen, Author: 
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The Red Queen
by Margaret Drabble
In her 16th novel, Drabble presents two interlocking stories -- that of an 18th-century Korean crown princess, and that of Dr. Babs Halliwell, a modern-day British scholar on her way to Korea for a medical conference. "Like Drabble's other novels, this superb story shows signs of her fascination with connections genetic, historical, and chance-met," notes The Library Journal.
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								The Peppered Moth, Author: 
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*  The Millstone (1965)
*  The Gates of Ivory (1991)
*  The Witch of Exmoor (1996)
*  The Peppered Moth (2001)
*  The Seven Sisters (2002)
*  The Red Queen (2004)

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Family Matters

Drabble and her elder sister, author A. S. Byatt, have engaged in a well-known case of sibling rivalry for years. However, according to Suzie Mackenzie of the U.K.'s Guardian Unlimited, their rift does not have literary roots, but a tragic origin. Mackenzie recalls, "I remember well Margaret explaining how the rift began when Byatt's son, Charlie, was knocked down and killed by a car -- and the unassuageable guilt she, Margaret, experienced knowing that her own children were safe."

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								The Millstone, Author: 
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The Millstone
by Margaret Drabble
Drabble's third novel is an account of an intelligent but unworldly young woman's accidental pregnancy (after her first sexual encounter no less) and of how motherhood changes her. It's a good introduction to Drabble's themes and style. The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Drabble skewers the egotism of her characters and of the society they inhabit with subtle humor and elegant psychological analysis."

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								Angus Wilson: A Biography, Author: 
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Angus Wilson: A Biography
by Margaret Drabble
Drabble's biography of influential author Angus Wilson shed light on a previously neglected area of literature, offering abundant detail and color. Wilson, the author of Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, was openly gay -- a courageous thing in the 1940s and on through his life. The London Review of Books called it "a minute, intimate and candid account" of the author's hectic life.