Dame Margaret Drabble DBE CBE
Honorary Doctorate - 1988
Dame Margaret Drabble is a novelist, biographer and critic.
As a novelist she has cast her sharp and intellectual eye on life, particularly on women's lives, in seventeen novels from A Summer Bird Cage (1963) to the thought-provoking The Sea Lady (2007).
As a biographer she has brought the lives of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson to readers, and her work as an editor-notably in the authoritative Oxford Companion to English Literature-is influential.