Mary Renault | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of Mary Renault.
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[Renault's] subject in Kind Are Her Answers is love; her treatment of it is voluptuous, with an un-English physical directness. Her manner of writing has a tremendous feminine vitality—that sort of creative gusto which has proved first the strength and subsequently—controlled by no shaping intellectual maturity—the undoing of many a contemporary woman novelist….

This novel is about a love affair between a handsome, promising, unhappily married young doctor and an attractive, affectionate, promiscuous, child-like girl whom he meets in the course of his professional duties…. Many women readers will identify with her, finding her more appealing than I do…. [I] wish to point out the dreadful pitfalls yawning for Miss Renault: the flavour of self-indulgence, of facile lushness, of letting down the back hair by the fire, which might easily vitiate her natural gifts of imagination, the freshness of her sensuous impressions, and her power...

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