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Mary Renault: A Biography (Harvest Book)

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Publisher Comments:

The author of The Charioteer and The King Must Die, Renault studied at Oxford but eventually abandoned the academic world and England for South Africa, where she and her companion, Julie Mullard, remained. "A superb biography of an exceptional novelist" (New Yorker). Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Index; photographs.

Synopsis:

Mary Renault wrote with such authority about Ancient Greece and of love between men that many readers believed that the author of such well-known works as The Charioteer, The King Must Die, The Persian Boy, and The Last of the Wine must be male. In fact, Mary Renault was the pseudonym of an intensely private woman - a revolutionary in sexual matters who throughout her life preferred the company of gay men. Born Mary Challans outside London, Renault discovered scholarship at Oxford in the early days of admission to women. She eventually abandoned the academic world to attend nursing school where she met her lifelong companion, Julie Mullard. Writing became Renault's avocation, and when, in 1947, she won a large literary award, the two women embarked for South Africa. There Renault, a passionate believer in Greek ideals of democracy and justice, spoke out against apartheid, but she grew disillusioned with radical politics and eventually withdrew into her own world. Based on rare interviews with Renault and full access to her correspondence, this is a brilliantly textured picture of Renault that offers a revealing analysis of the author and her novels.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 310-313) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156000604
Author:
Sweetman, David
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Specific Groups - Lesbians
Subject:
Renault, mary, 1905-1983
Subject:
Homosexuality and literature
Subject:
Women novelists, English
Subject:
Lesbians -- South Africa -- Biography.
Subject:
Novelists, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Lesbians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Book
Series Volume:
no. 135
Publication Date:
19940731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 336 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156000604 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Mary Renault wrote with such authority about Ancient Greece and of love between men that many readers believed that the author of such well-known works as The Charioteer, The King Must Die, The Persian Boy, and The Last of the Wine must be male. In fact, Mary Renault was the pseudonym of an intensely private woman - a revolutionary in sexual matters who throughout her life preferred the company of gay men. Born Mary Challans outside London, Renault discovered scholarship at Oxford in the early days of admission to women. She eventually abandoned the academic world to attend nursing school where she met her lifelong companion, Julie Mullard. Writing became Renault's avocation, and when, in 1947, she won a large literary award, the two women embarked for South Africa. There Renault, a passionate believer in Greek ideals of democracy and justice, spoke out against apartheid, but she grew disillusioned with radical politics and eventually withdrew into her own world. Based on rare interviews with Renault and full access to her correspondence, this is a brilliantly textured picture of Renault that offers a revealing analysis of the author and her novels.
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