(ed: this interview was conducted in 1978..)
Behind Drabble’s house – backyards connecting – is the house where John Keats lived.
It is a two-story house with many tiny rooms.
‘They were smaller in those days’ said the lady behind the information desk.
‘They called him little Johnny Keats’.
Margaret Drabble is called ‘Maggie’ and she too is smaller than one might expect from looking at her photographs.
Her face is finer – prettier and younger – surprisingly young for someone who has produced so many books in the past sixteen years.
Her eyes are very clear and attentive and they soften when she is amused – as she often is – by the questions themselves and her own train of thought.