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The Praise Singer
Mary Renault
0375714200
Apr 2003
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Review
"[Renault's] historical novels . . . are among the finest ever written."–The Washington Post Book World

“A song of praise, a work of love, a serene, deliberate book, full of wisdom, rich in character, incident and description.” –Wall Street Journal


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"[Renault's] historical novels . . . are among the finest ever written."?The Washington Post Book World

?A song of praise, a work of love, a serene, deliberate book, full of wisdom, rich in character, incident and description.? ?Wall Street Journal


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Persian Boy
Mary Renault
0394751019
February 1988
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“It takes skill to depict, as Miss Renault has done, this half-man, half Courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior.”–The Atlantic Monthly

The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander’s life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedon army conquered his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. After Alexander’s mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone.

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Ali and Nino
Kurban Said
0385720408
October 2000
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As is true of all great literature, Kurban Said's Ali and Nino has timeless appeal. Set in the years surrounding the Russian Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union, Said's tale of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy in love with a Georgian Christian girl is both tender and disturbingly prescient. The novel, first published in 1937, begins as Ali Khan Shirvanshir is finishing his last year of high school: We were a very mixed lot, we forty schoolboys who were having a Geography lesson one hot afternoon in the Imperial Russian Humanistic High School of Baku, Transcaucasia: thirty Mohammedans, four Armenians, two Poles, three Sectarians, and one Russian. The multi-ethnic Baku, it seems, stands at a crossroads between West and East, and, as the smug Russian professor informs his pupils, it is their responsibility to...


The Charioteer
Mary Renault
0375714189
May 2003
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“Phenomenal. . . . Renault is one of the major novelists of our time.” —New York Herald Tribune Book Review

“Miss Renault masters a lyrical style, meticulous and probing, and introduces us into a world of emotions so delicate and private that the reader often feels like an intruder.” —The New York Times

“Tribute must be paid Miss Renault for remarkable literary talents. Her prose, at its best, is dazzling, her perceptions sharp and original, her dialogue natural to the ear.” —Saturday Review


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?Phenomenal. . . . Renault is one of the major novelists of our time.? ?New York Herald Tribune Book Review

?Miss Renault masters a lyrical style, meticulous and probing, and introduces...


King Must Die
Mary Renault
0394751043
February 1988
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The story of the mythical hero Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of Athens. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality; brave, aggressive and quick. The core of the story is Theseus' Cretan adventure.

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The story of the mythical hero Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of Athens. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality; brave, aggressive and quick. The core of the story is Theseus' Cretan adventure.

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Mary Renault: A Biography
David Sweetman
0156000601
July 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
This outstanding biography of the celebrated historical novelist was a Lambda Literary Award nominee. Photos. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This first nonacademic biography of Renault was developed by Sweetman (Van Gogh, 1990) from a rare interview granted him in 1981, two years before his subject's death. In that interview, Renault conveyed both her discomfort with being an ``apostle of the sexual revolution'' and her pride in the research behind her award- winning historical novels. Daughter of a provincial doctor, Renault attended St. Hugh's, an Oxford college for women. To escape an idle future as a maiden daughter living in her mother's sewing room, she trained to be a nurse. Along with the discipline and deprivation, she...


The Friendly Young Ladies
Mary Renault
0375714219
May 2003
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Review
“Undeniably charming . . . has an enormous nostalgic attractiveness.” —New Yorker

“Written with rare insight.” —Boston Globe

“A very lively and human story.” —New York Times Book Review

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?Undeniably charming . . . has an enormous nostalgic attractiveness.? ?New Yorker

?Written with rare insight.? ?Boston Globe

?A very lively and human story.? ?New York Times Book Review

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Last of the Wine
Mary Renault
0375726810
July 2001
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“Not since Robert Graves’ I, Claudius has there been such an exciting, living image of the ancient world on this grand a scale.”–The New York Times Book Review

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?Not since Robert Graves? I, Claudius has there been such an exciting, living image of the ancient world on this grand a scale.??The New York Times Book Review

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Bull from the Sea
Mary Renault
0375726802
July 2001
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“Excellent.... Mary Renault breathe[s] life and light into the faces of heroic personages.”–The New York Times Book Review

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?Excellent.... Mary Renault breathe[s] life and light into the faces of heroic personages.??The New York Times Book Review

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Fire from Heaven
Mary Renault
0375726829
June 2002
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“Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent.”–The New York Times Book Review

Alexander’s beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son’s loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle’s tutoring provoked his mind and Homer’s Iliad fueled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedon’s cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexander’s skills had grown to...


Mask of Apollo
Mary Renault
0394751051
February 1988
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Set in fourth-century B.C. Greece, The Mask of Apollo is narrated by Nikeratos, a tragic actor who takes with him on all his travels a gold mask of Apollo, a relic of the theater's golden age, which is now past. At first his mascot, the mask gradually becomes his conscience, and he refers to it his gravest decisions, when he finds himself at the center of a political crisis in which the philosopher Plato is also involved. Much of the action is set in Syracuse, where Plato's friend Dion is trying to persuade the young tyrant Dionysios the Younger to accept the rule of law. Through Nikeratos' eyes, the reader watches as the clash between the two looses all the pent-up violence in the city.

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Set in fourth-century B.C. Greece, The Mask of Apollo is narrated by...


The Bull from the Sea
Mary Renault
0394715047
Feb 1975
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Review
“Excellent.... Mary Renault breathe[s] life and light into the faces of heroic personages.”–The New York Times Book Review


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?Excellent.... Mary Renault breathe[s] life and light into the faces of heroic personages.??The New York Times Book Review


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Funeral Games
Mary Renault
0375714197
June 2002
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“Renault’s best historical novel yet.... Every detail has solid historical testimony to support it.”–New York Review of Books

After Alexander’s death in 323 B.C .his only direct heirs were two unborn sons and a simpleton half-brother. Every long-simmering faction exploded into the vacuum of power. Wives, distant relatives, and generals all vied for the loyalty of the increasingly undisciplined Macedonian army. Most failed and were killed in the attempt. For no one possessed the leadership to keep the great empire from crumbling. But Alexander’s legend endured to spread into worlds he had seen only in dreams.

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?Renault?s best historical novel yet.... Every detail has solid historical testimony to support...


Masks of Mary Renault: A Literary Biography
Caroline Zilboorg
0826213227
May 2001
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The Nature of Alexander
Mary Renault
039473825X
Nov 1979
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Book Description
The acclaimed biography of Alexander the Great.

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