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.
Read the biography
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1939
Place of Birth:
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Jerusalem the Golden, 1968; E. M. Forster Award, 1973
|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."|
|The Best Book to Read First||Nonfiction by 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."
|Angus Wilson: A Biography|
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.