Mary Renault by David Sweetman
A Biography (Harvest Book)

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A biography of the author of The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea discusses her harsh upbringing, her scholarship years at Oxford, her work as a nurse during World War II, her writing, and her life in South Africa.
 

About David Sweetman

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Sweetman is a biographer, art historian, and poet. He lives in London and France.
 
Published April 1, 1993 by Trafalgar Square. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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Carefully researched, richly imagined, her dignified representations of homosexuality among the heros and gods of ancient Greece and Rome won her a following of gay liberationists- -whose position she rejected as ``sexual tribalism.'' As honorary president of the Cape Town chapter of PEN, Renault...

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This outstanding biography of the celebrated historical novelist was a Lambda Literary Award nominee.

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The Independent

Renault was not only the author of those best-selling novels set in Ancient Greece - lucid accounts of bards and bull-leapers, philosophers and boy kings, in which homosexual love is sanitised by the proximity of Plato.

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The Independent

Robert Liddell, the novelist and critic, for example, who once found himself unwillingly escorting Mary Renault to a very outre Athenian nightclub, was just the man to be interviewed about her, but Sweetman settles for some untypically vague remarks.

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London Review of Books

Cocoa parties were the greatest thrill on offer, and it was expected that Mary and her fellow students would become teachers, who would educate more girls who would themselves become teachers – a woman’s duty being always to the next generation, not to her own talent and inclinations.

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