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[Reading] ➺ Mary Renault: A Biography (A Harvest Book) Author David Sweetman – Bogou.us

Mary Renault: A Biography (A Harvest Book)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.

[Reading] ➺ Mary Renault: A Biography (A Harvest Book) Author David Sweetman – Bogou.us
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Mary Renault: A Biography (A Harvest Book)
  • David Sweetman
  • English
  • 19 June 2019
  • 9780156000604

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➺ Mary Renault: A Biography (A Harvest Book) Author David Sweetman – Bogou.us

  1. says:

    Mary Renault is my favourite author thanks to her eight novels set in ancient Greece I have read The Last of the Wine and the two about Alexander times than any other books and their sheer beauty still brings tears to my eyes as easily as when I was a boy Partly it is the subject matter apparently like her, and for all its faults, I find ancient Greece inspiring than any other society, certainly including today s Partly it is because no kind of creativity fascinates me as much as the authentic recreation of past societies presented on their own terms without shabby compromises to modern sensibilities The admiration she has elicited from leading classicists is testimony to how successfully she accomplished this Partly it is the emotional power, charm and clarity of her prose And it is many other things besides.Sweetman writes about his subject with an appealing sympathy that does justice to his name The other side of the coin to this is that his book has the faults of an authorised biography, which it or less is, since much the most important sources appear to have be...

  2. says:

    Have to admit I didn t read every single page of this, but close Gave me a good background on Mary Renault s life story for my project Still intend to get other perspectives, but it s a good start.

  3. says:

    Fantastic biography on one of my favorite authors David Sweetman s research revealed so many nuances and layers to this private author.A treasure

  4. says:

    1972 I read The Persian Boy.I was hooked and devoured all of her novels.

  5. says:

    Loaned to me by a friend Thanks Maxine Immensely readable Among other things we see why she wrote what she did and how.

  6. says:

    So grateful Sweetman gave us this book I thoroughly enjoyed peering into the life of MR One aspect that I disagree was his account of Alexias and Lysis First, Alexias did not struggle with bisexuality He faced many challenges that are well detailed, but a struggle with sexuality was not a problem in that period of antiquity MR believed in seeing the story through the eyes of those times, not modern times, such as Sweetman seems to be doing during his own era, Thatcher s UK She believed in writing the truth, and so a struggle with bisexuality would not have been a true viewpoint in Athens Also, Sweetman wrote that Alexias and Lysis never made love Again I m not sure why that was stated If one pays attention to MR style of writing across her books, one can conclude three points where they did Her subtlety and symbolism might make the argument gray for some, but she knew young gay men and understood the ways of their nature And so you might say that was another pie...

  7. says:

    I read this as part of a book club I have not read any books authored by Mary Renault She was interesting The author of this biography went a little overboard in analyzing Mary Renault s work in context of her work and not in context of her life If you like Mary Renault s work, you will probably like this...

  8. says:

    Uneven, though to me fascinating when discussing the actual derivations of her books

  9. says:

    I was ready to write about how interesting it is to see what inspires an author and how closely one can link the events in Mary Renault s life to the book she wound up writing as a response and also how her young love of Edward, Prince of Wales obviously made her sympathetic to the other possibly misunderstood, roguish, golden boys of history her Alexander and her Theseus and her Alk...

  10. says:

    I ve loved the novels of Mary Renault since I first encountered them years and years ago This biography is fascinating and inspiring it seems Sweetman had fairly extensive access to Renault s papers and also to her life s companion Now, it may be ...

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