Margaret Drabble has combined literary scholarship with her career as a novelist. Among other works, she has published a short critical study of William Wordsworth, Wordsworth: Literature in Perspective (1966), and has edited a collection of critical essays about Thomas Hardy, The Genius of Thomas Hardy (1975). Over the years, she has edited or written introductions for most of Jane Austen’s works for various publishers, including Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon. She has also edited editions of Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Poems. In 1989, she published her Gareth Lloyd Evans Shakespeare Lecture at Stratford-Upon-Avon as Stratford Revisited: A Legacy of the Sixties. She has also written two major biographies: Arnold Bennett (1974) and Angus Wilson (1995). Her literary travelogue A Writer’s Britain: Landscape in Literature was published in 1979, and she is well known for editing the fifth edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature (1985, revised 2000).
In addition, Drabble has had a long-standing connection with drama. Her works include Bird of Paradise (pr. 1969), a stage play; A Touch of Love (1969), a screenplay based on her novel The Millstone; and Laura (1964), a play for television. Drabble has also written a fair number of short stories that are as yet uncollected and only partially available to American audiences. In 1978, she published the children’s book For Queen and Country: Britain in the Victorian Age.