Friday, October 02, 2009
Grew up reading the historical novels of Mary Renault. She was called a "male impersonator" for her male homosexual characters based on her own lesbian perspective. Despite that somewhat atypical perspective she did not use her art to advance an agenda. In fact she condemned the radical homosexual movement. Her recreation of the ancient Mycenaean, Classical and Hellenic worlds was vivid and generally accurate. It surprises me that they haven't been made into movies but I fear how Hollywood would adapt them. Ideally they would be filmed "straight," that is as written. The books are worth another look.