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1 Sweetman, David Mary Renault - A Biography
London Chatto and Windus 1993 0701165689 First Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xiv + 322 pages. 19 illustrations. Mary Renault wrote so sympathetically and with such candour about the male world of Ancient Greece and about love between men that many believed the bestselling author to be a man. In reality, Mary Renault was the pseudonym of Mary Challans, an intensely private woman. In this first biography David Sweetman, who met and filmed Mary Renault in 1982 and corresponded with her until her death in 1983, unravels the mystery of this unseen woman who wrote briliantly about men and about Greece, a country she had hardly visited. Hers was a life of marked contrasts and adventurous changes - abandoning the academic world of St. Hugh's, Oxord for the challenge and hardship of nursing, yet when, in 1947, she won an MGM award for 37,000 pounds she embarked for South Africa with her lifelong friend Julie Mullard, never to return. A revolutionary in sexual matters, a passionate believer in the Greek ideals of democracy, she was among the first to join Black Sash, the women's movement in the forefront of the fight against apartheid. 
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