Margaret Drabble CBE is a renowned novelist, biographer and critic. She will be talking about her life and work with Jean Gooder (NC 1953), who first met Margaret as a student.

Margaret Drabble’s career has spanned acting, teaching and editing, but she is best known for her novels, short stories and biographies.  In 2011, she was awarded the Golden PEN Award by English PEN for a lifetime’s distinguished service to literature.

Margaret Drabble CBE

Margaret Drabble CBE (NC 1957) comes from a family with multiple connections to Newnham. She read English at Newnham, graduating with a starred First, and went on to a career that has spanned acting for the Royal Shakespeare Company and teaching in adult education, to editing The Oxford Companion to English Literature (5th edition) and writing a large number of acclaimed novels and short stories. In 2011, she was awarded the Golden PEN Award by English PEN for a lifetime’s distinguished service to literature.

Jean Gooder

Jean Gooder (NC 1953) studied English at Newnham and soon started a long teaching career as Fellow and Director of Studies in English. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth- century literary and cultural relations between Britain, France and America, with a special interest in Henry James. She has published editions of Daisy Miller and Other Stories (OUP World’s Classics, 1985); The Education of Henry Adams (Penguin Classics, 1995); and Elizabeth Robins, Portrait of a Lady (Newnham College, 2002).