The English writer Margaret Drabble, awarded the title Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 2008 for her contributions to contemporary English literature, has been described as “massively intelligent.” Her novels portray the complex lives of middle class, educated people with assured, precise writing, filled with everyday details. Drabble began writing in her 20’s and her characters have aged as she has. Drabble is now in her 80’s. We’ll be reading two novels: The Gates of Ivory (Penguin Books, 1993) and The Dark Flood Rises (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2016). In The Gates of Ivory, which is set in London and Cambodia, a London psychiatrist goes to the Far East in search of her former lover after receiving a mysterious package containing a laundry bill and two human fingers. The Dark Flood Rises follows a group of interrelated characters as they adjust to the challenges of their later years and confront the inevitability of death. Please join us in delving into the world of Margaret Drabble populated with characters not unlike ourselves. No class on 11/26/20.