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Maud Gonne [Paperback]

Margaret Ward
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28 Jun 1993
In this biography, Margaret Ward gives the reader a portrait of Maud Gonne as a significant figure in Irish politics and as a remarkable woman. She dispels the popular myth that Maud was little more than a flamboyant beauty and the inspiration of W.B. Yeats's great love poetry. Despite her privileged position as the daughter of a British army officer she took up the cause of Irish freedom as her life's work, and as a woman of independent means she was also able to escape many of the stifling conventions of Victorian Britain. Dismissive of her own beauty, yet constantly pursued because of it, in Ireland she was a symbol of romantic nationalism while in France she led a secret life with her lover, Millevoye, and her children. In her later years she campaigned tirelessly with the women relatives of those in jail, enduring prison and hunger strike on behalf of those she regarded as political prisoners. Margaret Ward sheds new light on this figure and reveals her to be one of Ireland's most courageous and charismatic women of modern times. The author also wrote "Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism".

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (28 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0044408811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0044408819
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,531,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best biography of Maud Gonne 24 Aug 2013
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I've read all the existing biographies of the revolutionary Irish heroine. This is by far the best. Setting her life story firmly in historical context and capturing a detailed picture of the web of her personal, cultural and political relationships, this book succeeds in conveying a rich sense of the private woman and the public personality.
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