About the Author
MARY RENAULT (1905–1983) was the author of more than a dozen novels. She was born in London, educated at Oxford, and trained as a nurse. After World War II she and her life partner, Julie Mullard, settled in South Africa and traveled widely in Africa and Greece. This was when she began writing her historical novels, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy, and a biography of Alexander the Great, The Nature of Alexander.