Margaret Drabble

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  • Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt (Shepherd College )

Margaret Drabble is oft given to have asserted: “I’d rather be at the end of a dying tradition, which I admire, than at the beginning of a tradition which I deplore” (qtd. in Bernard Bergonzi’s The Situation of the Novel 65). Prolific author of 16 novels, hundreds of articles, short stories, and screen plays, critical studies of William Wordsworth, Virginia Woolf, Arnold Bennett, and Angus Wilson, editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature, and author of A Writer’s Britain: Landscape in Literature and For Queen and Country: Britain in the Victorian Age, Drabble is in a position to know well the “tradition” which she is said to have inherited. Yet while she walks in the shadow of …

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Shurbutt, Sylvia Bailey. "Margaret Drabble". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 December 2004
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