The Charioteer A Virago Modern Classic

by Mary Renault, Beale Simon Russell

Part of the Virago Modern Classics Series

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The Charioteer A Virago Modern Classic Synopsis

Injured at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell, a young corporal, is recovering at a rural veterans' hospital. There he meets Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly, and the men find solace in their covert friendship. Then Ralph Lanyon appears, a mentor from Laurie's schooldays. Through him, Laurie is drawn into a tight-knit circle of gay men for whom liaisons are fleeting and he is forced to choose between the ideals of a perfect friendship and the pleasures of experience. First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room as a landmark work in gay literature.

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ISBN: 9781844089505
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844089505
Publication date: 7th November 2013
Author: Mary Renault, Beale Simon Russell
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mary Renault, Beale Simon Russell

Mary Renault (1905-1983) was born in London and educated at St Hughs, Oxford. She trained as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary, where she met her lifelong partner, Julie Mullard. Her first novel, Purposes of Love, was published in 1937. In 1948, after North Face won a MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard emigrated to South Africa. There, Renault was able to write forthrightly about homosexual relationships for the first time - in her masterpiece, The Charioteer (1953), and then in her first historical novel, The Last of the Wine (1956). Renault's vivid novels set in the ancient world brought her worldwide fame. In 2010 ...

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