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Mary Renault

1905 - 1983

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Eileen Mary Challans (4 September 1905 – 13 December 1983), known by her pen name Mary Renault (), was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece. Born in Forest Gate in 1905, she attended St Hugh's College, Oxford, from 1924 until 1928. After graduating from St Hugh's with a Third Class in English, she worked as a nurse and began writing her first novels, which were contemporary romances. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Renault has received more than 400,730 page views. Her biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Mary Renault is the 3,811th most popular writer (down from 3,653rd in 2019), the 2,789th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,692nd in 2019) and the 324th most popular British Writer.

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  • 400k

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  • 49.24

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 28

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.08

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.87

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Mary Renault ranks 3,811 out of 5,755Before her are Torgny Lindgren, Aleksandar Tišma, Bret Harte, Cecco Angiolieri, Kim Stanley Robinson, and James Redfield. After her are Jędrzej Śniadecki, Václav Hanka, Ferdinand Brunetière, Shinichi Hoshi, Ricardo Piglia, and Jan Brzechwa.

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Among people born in 1905, Mary Renault ranks 196Before her are Luis Vargas Peña, Karol Borsuk, Oleksandr Korniychuk, Anton Ackermann, Shojiro Sugimura, and Leila Hyams. After her are Rózsa Péter, Tamar Abakelia, Eric Frank Russell, Siaka Stevens, Helen Wills, and Edmundo Piaggio. Among people deceased in 1983, Mary Renault ranks 138Before her are Edward Lawry Norton, Arvīds Pelše, Mykola Bazhan, John Bodkin Adams, Higinio Morínigo, and Romain Maes. After her are Christophe Soglo, Alan Cunningham, Larysa Hienijuš, Erich Juskowiak, Émile Veinante, and Harry James.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Renault ranks 2,789 out of 7,765Before her are Jim Sturgess (1978), Barry Jackson (1938), John Wilkinson (1728), Mick Jackson (1943), Thomas Wedgwood (1771), and Lesley-Anne Down (1954). After her are Lambert Simnel (1477), Jimmy Bain (1947), Henry Maitland Wilson (1881), Richard O'Brien (1942), Harry Styles (1994), and Effie Gray (1828).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Mary Renault ranks 324Before her are Frederic W. H. Myers (1843), Robert Hugh Benson (1871), Beryl Markham (1902), Arthur Waley (1889), Leslie Stephen (1832), and Lydia Becker (1827). After her are George Gissing (1857), Minette Walters (1949), Raphael Holinshed (1529), Francis Beaumont (1584), Eric Frank Russell (1905), and Susanna Hall (1583).