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21st May 2013
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14: A Summer Bird-Cage

Margaret Drabble:

London: Weidenfeld And Nicolson, 1962

8vo, first edition, original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket, minor soiling to dust-jacket with minor chips to extremities

Her first novel. An early exploration of what was to become a major feminist issue, Drabble’s heroine believes she can choose both marriage and child rearing, on the one hand, and her pursuit of a satisfying career on the other. The book concerns the lives of two sisters intent on making their way in the world, impeded both by social convention  and by their own unresolved tensions.

Margaret Drabble was awarded the 2011 Golden PEN Award by English PEN for "a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature".

Annotated on 19 pages. Approximately 215 words.

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