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The Masks of Mary Renault: A Literary Biography by [Zilboorg, Caroline]
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About the Author

Caroline Zilboorg is a member of the English faculty at Cambridge University. She is the author or editor of several books, including two volumes of correspondence between H.D. and Richard Aldington and American Prose and Poetry in the Twentieth Century.

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  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENMV7PI
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By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2003
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As a long-time, (over 30 years), admirer of Mary Renault's writing I found "The Masks of" lives up to it's title, offering some intriguing insights into an author who can be frustratingly allusive, particularly in her earlier contemporary novels.
The detailed literary analysis makes full use of both contemporary reviews and later commentators, and this book certainly added to my understanding and enjoyment of re-reading the earlier novels.
The analysis of the later novels is equally illuminating, and the arrangement of chapters under subjects: War, Politics, Art, Women, etc., allows the overall reassessment promised in the synopsis. The biographical elements are always present too, often in the form of quotes from Miss Renault's letters, comments and recollections from her partner Julie Mullard, and photographs, mostly from Miss Mullard's collection.
(I do hope a collection of Miss Renault's letters can be published one day).
The only thing I was doubtful about was the indefatigable detection and decoding of Freudian sexual symbolism: there is no mention of Carl Jung who, according to a letter quoted in David Sweetman's biography of Miss Renault, she much preferred to Freud. But all in all a welcome companion to Mr Sweetman's biography, an interesting read in its own right as well as a guide to her work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Literary Psychobabble 19 Jan. 2008
By UncaLawwy - Published on Amazon.com
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There's something about Mary that's clearly missing when a "literary" biography doesn't even contain complete listing of the subject's works, much less a synopsis of each that puts it into a context. Rather than follow the interwoven themes of Renault's work and her life in a logical and sequential manner, Zilboorg has compiled a collection of psychobabble essays rich with quotes from some of Renaults work, citations from other sources, and superficial observations straight from her own psyche.

I bought this book for an article I was working on to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Last of the Wine." It was a waste of my time and money. The only insight I got was into the state of academic writing at Cambridge these days.

Robbyh777 is as right today as he/she was five years ago... if you want an interesting and helpful biography of this remarkable writer, go to David Sweetman's "Mary Renault, A Biography." My apologies to anyone who bought this book between the time I did and my getting around to writing this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 April 2015
By Richard H. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book on a very important writer. Was in near perfect condition as described.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be too put off by the psychobabble 25 Mar. 2012
By J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a long-time, (over 30 years), admirer of Mary Renault's writing I found "The Masks of" lives up to it's title, offering some intriguing insights into an author who can be frustratingly allusive and elusive, particularly in her earlier (not historical) novels.
The detailed literary analysis makes full use of both contemporary reviews and later commentators, and this book certainly added to my understanding and enjoyment of re-reading the earlier novels.
The analysis of the later novels is equally illuminating, and the arrangement of chapters under subjects: War, Politics, Art, Women, etc., allows the overall reassessment promised in the synopsis. The biographical elements are always present too, often in the form of quotes from Miss Renault's letters, comments and recollections from her partner Julie Mullard, and photographs, mostly from Miss Mullard's collection.
(I do hope a collection of Miss Renault's letters can be published one day).
I agree that the indefatigable detection and decoding of Freudian sexual symbolism is inappropriate: there is no mention of Carl Jung who, according to a letter quoted in David Sweetman's biography of Miss Renault, she much preferred to Freud. But all in all a welcome companion to Mr Sweetman's biography, an interesting read in its own right as well as a guide to Miss Renault's work.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative 27 July 2013
By Renault fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book; painstakingly researched and sensitive to the fact that Renault was a woman of her time, as well as being a gifted and radical writer. I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants to make a serious study of the life and achievements of this completely unique and extraordinary woman.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caroline Zilboorg's Book "The Masks of Mary Renault" 21 Mar. 2003
By ggreg999 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I must say that Ms. Zilboorg certainly has included much speculation and an active would-be psychologists' imagination. Unfortunately there is not a clear grasp of her subject, and in fact there is much here that leads one astray from the real Mary Renault and her life. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who has a genuine appreciation for Ms. Renault, and urge those who do to persue the excellent and informative book "Mary Renault, A Biography",
by David Sweetman; someone who really 'knows' her.
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