Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Renault, Mary
Birth Name: Eileen Mary Challans
Pseudonym: Mary Renault
, who published her first book in 1939, is best known for her historical novels, and is also noted for her strong interest in same-sex love. In her present-day novels, a large proportion of characters have sexually-ambiguous names which reflect the ambivalence of their orientations. Biographer David Sweetman
claims that her historical novels helped many people to come to terms with their sexuality, giving lesbians and male homosexuals a historical past while offering non-homosexuals a sympathetic world where heterosexuality was neither the only, nor the dominant, sexual type.
Sweetman, David. Mary Renault: A Biography. Chatto and Windus, 1993.
's writing has been acclaimed by critics past and present: Bernard Dick
has called her one of the most creative historical novelists of our era and the only bona fide Hellenist in twentieth-century fiction.
Dick, Bernard. The Hellenism of Mary Renault. Southern Illinois University Press, 1972.
Aside from her fiction, MR
wrote several short stories, articles, and introductions.
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Pym, Barbara. A Very Private Eye. Holt, Hazel and Hilary PymEditors , Macmillan, 1984.
While visiting Cape Town in South Africa, RW
met Mary Renault
Rollyson, Carl. Rebecca West: A Saga of the Century. Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.
Intertextuality and Influence
The germ for this volume was Edward G. Robinson
's last film, Soylent Green, set in a futuristic and barely habitable New York and featuring the voluntary, ceremonial suicide of an old man who...
The publishers had many laudatory quotes to use in their advertising for this book, including some from other historical novelists: Mary Renault
and Naomi Mitchison
. David Holloway
praised it in the Daily Telegraph as...
said this was her own favourite among her books.
“Elizabeth Jenkins”. The Telegraph.
said that sitting up late reading it in bed left her (in an Irish colloquialism) lying stretched for dead.
Jenkins, Elizabeth. The View from Downshire Hill. Michael Johnson, 2004.
The book roused...
In her preface to her translations, written sixteen years later, ML
said she was no antholopologist and called her own translations amateurish, but Mary Renault
(an English historical novelist settled in South Africa), in a...
This book, in manuscript, won the Beta Sigma Phi first novel award of $1,000.
Laurence, Margaret. Dance on the Earth: A Memoir. McClelland and Stewart, 1989.
welcomed a first novel of rare excellence.
Stovel, Nora Foster. Divining Margaret Laurence. A Study of Her Complete Writings. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008.
The novel presents Alexander (later the subject of a fictional trilogy by Mary Renault
) as gradually coming to an acceptance of his own spirituality.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
's next novel, The Paradox Players (September 1967), also drew on her personal experiences.
British Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons, 1987.
It portrays a group of social exiles who live on houseboats moored on an island in the Thames near...
's poem Invocation in his Whales: A Celebration, 1983. This anthology comprises excerpts from literature, legends, myths, religions, and poetry from around the world. Among others included are Jonathan Swift
About 9 February 1682
's she-tragedyVenice Preserved had its first performance.
Sir Arthur Evans
carried out excavations at Knossos in Crete, the palace famed in Greek myth as the site of Theseus' victory over the Minotaur with the help of Ariadne.
The actor John Gielgud
was convicted of persistently importuning male persons for an immoral purpose, and fined.