Dame Margaret Drabble(1939-), Novelist and critic
Dame Margaret Drabble (Lady Holroyd)
Sitter in 9 portraits
Drabble published her first novel, A Summer Birdcage, in 1963. Her early works describe the life of young women and the conflict between motherhood and intellectual challenges. They include The Waterfall (1969), The Needle's Eye (1972) and The Ice Age (1977). In reviewing The Needle's Eye, author Joyce Carol Oates wrote 'the houses in which people live are furnished, created in scrupulous and loving detail by Miss Drabble, who knows very well ... things are … the expression of our selves'. Drabble is also the author of studies of Wordsworth (1966) and Arnold Bennett (1974) and edited the 1984 edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
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