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A psychological study of Alexander the Great by the writer who fictionalized his biography in a series of novels.
MARY RENAULThas written over a dozen novels, has had her work adapted for radio, stage, and screeen, and has been the subject of documentaries and biographies. She is as widely known for her forthright treatment of gay relationships as she isher historical restructions of ancient Greece. She was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained as a nurse, where she met her lifelong partner Julie Mullard.After during World War II, she and Mullard settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her historical novels, includingThe King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, andThe Persian Boy. The biographyThe Nature of Alexanderis one of her only non-fiction books. She died in Cape Town in 1983."