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Mary Renault was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained for three years as a nurse, and wrote her first published novel, Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written while serving in WWII. After the war, she settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her brilliant historical reconstructions of ancient Greece, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy. She died in Cape Town in 1983.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Alexander, the Great, 356-323 B, C, Fiction, Greece History Macedonian Expansion, 359-323 B, C, Fiction, Philip II, King of Macedonia, 382-336 B, C, Fiction, Macedonia History To 168 B, C, Fiction, Kings and rulers Fiction, Generals Fiction