Desert Island Texts? Sally Alexander on Margaret Drabble's The Garrick Year

Alexander, Sally A.. 2010. Desert Island Texts? Sally Alexander on Margaret Drabble's The Garrick Year. Women: A Cultural Review, 21(1), pp. 10-74. ISSN 0957-4042 [Article]

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The following contributions came in response to a request, sent to a number of key figures in feminism today, to write on a text that had been formative for their thinking as feminists. The chosen text could be a theory, a novel, an artwork, a performance, a poem: one that had stimulated, or even revolutionised, their ideas. As we hoped, this project has created a selection of texts central to our many and different experiences as feminists.

I used to say that Margaret Drabble's The Garrick Year was the story of my life, in my early twenties, as if I was just a creature of time and circumstance. I read The Garrick Year sometime between October 1965, when my first child was born, and the end of 1967, before my marriage disintegrated. Like the heroine Emma Evans, I married a successful actor, had a child, and followed his career—which in the novel led Emma to Hereford for a summer season of plays.

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