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Writer Margaret Drabble Discusses Her Return to Fiction.

British novelist Margaret Drabble. She made a name for herself in the early 60's as one of the first woman writers to make domestic life the focus of her novels. But after the publication of "The Middle Ground" in 1980, Drabble took a seven-year break from fiction to concentrate on revising "The Oxford Companion to English Literature." Since then she has published two more novels, "The Radiant Way" and "A Natural Curiosity," which reflect a shift in focus to more external, societal concerns. (original broadcast 10/5/89).


Other segments from the episode on February 19, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 19, 1990: Interview with Margaret Drabble; Review of Billy Pierce's album "Equilateral"; Interview with John Malpede and Kevin Williams; Review of the television…


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