Mary Renault


Born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
September 04, 1905

Died
December 13, 1983

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Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non-fiction biography of Alexander.

Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece. They include a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander the Great. In a sense, The Charioteer (1953), the story of two young gay servicemen in the 1940s who try to model their relationship on the ideals expressed in Plato's Phaedrus and Symposium, is a warm-up for Renault's historical novels. By turning away from the 20th century and focusing on stories about male lovers in the warrior socie
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Average rating: 4.06 · 39,146 ratings · 2,914 reviews · 31 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Persian Boy (Alexander ...

4.18 avg rating — 7,322 ratings — published 1972 — 57 editions
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The King Must Die (Theseus,...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 6,551 ratings — published 1958 — 63 editions
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Fire from Heaven (Alexander...

4.01 avg rating — 5,905 ratings — published 1969 — 46 editions
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The Charioteer

4.09 avg rating — 4,237 ratings — published 1953 — 36 editions
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The Last of the Wine

4.06 avg rating — 4,120 ratings — published 1956 — 49 editions
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The Bull from the Sea (Thes...

4.10 avg rating — 3,017 ratings — published 1962 — 45 editions
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Funeral Games (Alexander th...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2,471 ratings — published 1981 — 35 editions
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The Mask of Apollo

4.05 avg rating — 1,861 ratings — published 1966 — 47 editions
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The Praise Singer

3.96 avg rating — 1,217 ratings — published 1978 — 23 editions
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The Nature of Alexander

4.15 avg rating — 1,101 ratings — published 1975 — 22 editions
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“One must live as if it would be forever, and as if one might die each moment. Always both at once.”
Mary Renault, The Persian Boy

“True friends share everything, except the past before they met.”
mary renault, Fire from Heaven

“There is only one kind of shock worse than the totally unexpected: the expected for which one has refused to prepare.”
Mary Renault, The Charioteer

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