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Margaret Drabble

Autor(a) de The Oxford Companion to English Literature

57+ Works 12,733 Membros 266 Críticas 41 Favorited

About the Author

Margaret Drabble was born on June 5, 1939 in Sheffield, England. She attended The Mount School in York and Newnham College, Cambridge University. After graduation, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford during which time she understudied for Vanessa Redgrave. She is a novelist, mostrar mais critic, and the editor of the fifth edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Her works include A Summer Bird Cage; The Millstone, which won the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize in 1966; Jerusalem the Golden, which won James Tait Black Prize in 1967; and The Witch of Exmoor. She also received the E. M. Forster award and was awarded a Society of Authors Travelling Fellowship in the 1960s and the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1980. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Margaret Drabble

The Red Queen (2004) 932 exemplares
The Millstone (1965) 927 exemplares
The Radiant Way (1987) 814 exemplares
The Peppered Moth (2000) 713 exemplares
The Seven Sisters (2002) 697 exemplares
The Needle's Eye (1972) 450 exemplares
The Witch of Exmoor (1996) 449 exemplares
A Natural Curiosity (1989) 442 exemplares
The Ice Age (1977) 426 exemplares
The Dark Flood Rises (2016) 400 exemplares
A Summer Bird-cage (1963) 400 exemplares
The Waterfall (1969) 395 exemplares
The Realms of Gold (1975) 383 exemplares
The Sea Lady (2006) 381 exemplares
The Gates of Ivory (1991) 372 exemplares
Jerusalem the Golden (1967) 368 exemplares
The Middle Ground (1980) 344 exemplares
The Garrick Year (1964) 334 exemplares
The Pure Gold Baby (2013) 293 exemplares
Arnold Bennett: A Biography (1974) 90 exemplares
Angus Wilson: A Biography (1995) 64 exemplares
The Gifts of War (2011) 22 exemplares
The Forward Book of Poetry 1994 (1993) 20 exemplares
Wordsworth (1966) 11 exemplares
The Genius of Thomas Hardy (1976) 11 exemplares
Great Poets of the 20th Century: Sylvia Plath (2008) — Prefácio — 9 exemplares
London Consequences (1972) 6 exemplares
Hassan's Tower 1 exemplar
Sığ Sularda 1 exemplar
Stækkede vinger (2001) 1 exemplar
Tornado Pratt 1 exemplar
Loistava tilaisuus 1 exemplar
La Mer toujours recommencée (2008) 1 exemplar
Crossing the Alps 1 exemplar
Safe as Houses (1990) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Pride and Prejudice (1813) — Introdução, algumas edições79,923 exemplares
Sense and Sensibility (1811) — Introdução, algumas edições37,802 exemplares
Emma (1815) — Introdução, algumas edições37,635 exemplares
Persuasion (1817) — Introdução, algumas edições28,465 exemplares
Mansfield Park (1814) — Introdução, algumas edições22,330 exemplares
Northanger Abbey (1817) — Introdução, algumas edições21,445 exemplares
20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1870) — Introdução, algumas edições18,190 exemplares
Middlemarch (1871) — Introdução, algumas edições17,566 exemplares
To the Lighthouse (1927) — Editor, algumas edições17,441 exemplares
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) — Introdução, algumas edições11,287 exemplares
Lady Susan / The Watsons / Sanditon (1925) — Editor, algumas edições; Introdução, algumas edições1,969 exemplares
Ann Veronica (1909) — Introdução, algumas edições485 exemplares
Owls Do Cry (1957) — Introdução, algumas edições460 exemplares
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contribuidor — 364 exemplares
Stories (1978) — Introdução — 360 exemplares
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
Cocksure (1968) — Posfácio, algumas edições275 exemplares
The Juniper Tree (1985) — Prefácio, algumas edições265 exemplares
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
Poor Cow (1967) — Introdução, algumas edições149 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
Wuthering Heights and Poems (1900) — Introdução, algumas edições97 exemplares
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Guardian Review Book of Short Stories (2011) — Autor — 50 exemplares
Simonetta Perkins (1925) — Prefácio, algumas edições50 exemplares
Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The Undiscovered Country (1968) — Prefácio, algumas edições28 exemplares
The Shakespeare circle : an alternative biography (2015) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 71: Jocelin's Folly (2021) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 59: Manhattan Moments (2018) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Collision: Stories From the Science of CERN (2023) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
A Love Letter to Europe: An Outpouring of Sadness and Hope (2019) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
A Day to Remember to Forget (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições3 exemplares
Birds of Prey: Seven Sardonic Stories (2010) — Introdução — 2 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

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Holroyd, Dame Margaret Drabble
Data de nascimento
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
York, Yorkshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
The Mount, York
University of Cambridge (Newnham College)
Holroyd, Michael (husband)
Byatt, A. S. (sister)
Langdon, Helen (sister)
Swift, Joe (son)
Swift, Rebecca (1) (daughter)
Royal Shakespeare Company (1960-1963)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary, Literature, 2002)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (Commander ∙ 1980)
DLitt (hc ∙ University of Cambridge ∙ 2006)
E. M. Forster Award (1973)
Order of the British Empire (Dame Commander ∙ 2008)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature
PFD, Drury House

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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.

Drabble has famously been engaged in a long-running feud with her novelist sister, A.S. Byatt, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea-set in one of her novels. The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.




Just not for me. Rumination on aging, as reflected on by the primary and a number of secondary characters. I found the characters and their context simply didn't engage me in a meaningful way. Nothing particularly insightful, instructive or entertaining about the act of aging.
vscauzzo | 20 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
The story of Liz, Alix and Esther continues. Alix has moved north, to the town where Liz was raised. She is interested in understanding the motivations of the serial killer Paul Whitmore, who we met in the first book, and she is visiting him in prison. Liz, a public intellectual, finds herself mired in controversy after some comments she makes on child sexuality. Esther is still living in Italy with her female lover, but is trying to decide whether to break that off, return to England, and possibly marry a man. Liz's sister Shirley, has a prominent role as she takes off on a lark after the death of her husband.

While the novel continues the saga of life in Britain in the 1980's, I did not find it as engaging as the first novel. For one thing, there are seemingly dozens of peripheral characters who make briefs appearances, one or two, but really don't seem to serve any purpose other than to pontificate. To me, the book really seemed to lack focus, and even a narrative arc. Drabble seems to experiment a bit with metafiction, as well, which also didn't work for me. She randomly speaks directly to the reader, for example, asking where the book should go? Here's some of that text as she's trying to resolve the Shirley plot:

"What do you think will happen to her? Do you think our end is known in our beginning, that we are predetermined, that we endlessly repeat?"


"(And anyway, what is her age? I must say I have lost track of this a little myself. Is she 48 or 49 now, as I had thought, or 50, as others tell me? And if she is 50, does that make her behaviour more or less implausible?)"
(Note this is not a first person narrative book, or a character saying this--it's the author butting in).

and then,

"Shall she resume her non-existence? Is that what you seriously expect?"

and then,

"What possible future could there be for him and Shirley? I have made him as plausible as I can, I have offered him motivation, but I have to admit that it doesn't seem possible that he and Shirley can continue to go on seeing one another."


The final book in the trilogy, The Gates of Ivory is on my Kindle, and I have read very good things about it. I'll be reading it soon, and I hope it is better than this one was.

2 1/2 stars.
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arubabookwoman | 1 outra crítica | Dec 28, 2023 |
This book had so much potential! It was my first introduction to Korean history as it is, I'm sure, for many Westerners, and indeed, it is the premise of the book. Lady Hong's incredible story, its colourful and tragic denouement, is well worth telling, a glimpse into what must be a great saga. The book's construction is also unique and compelling. Yet, the plodding, rigid, almost academic style left me indifferent and at times bored while I tried to focus on the story. How much better could this have been with a bit more panache, dialogue and... chapters.
For a book meant to illuminate it is very hermetic, too much for my taste.
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Cecilturtle | 42 outras críticas | Dec 26, 2023 |
Glorious, gorgeous, generous, gregarious, gracious, and garrulous.
therebelprince | 11 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2023 |



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