Maud Gonne is part of Irish history: her founding of the Daughters of Ireland, in 1900, was the key that effectively opened the door of twentieth-century politics to Irish women. Still remembered in Ireland for the inspiring public speeches she made on behalf of the suffering—those evicted from their homes in western Ireland, the Treason-Felony prisoners on the Isle of Wright, indeed all those whom she saw as victims of imperialism—she is known, too, within and outside Ireland as the woman W. B. Yeats loved and celebrated in his poems.
Maud Gonne wasn't simply 'Yeats' beloved' - she wasn't 'simply' anything - but a remarkable person in her own right... She was also a... fierce patriot, a noteworthy actress, a good writer and, let it be said, an adventurous who entered grounds where few if any women had tried before her... The book is a wonderful read.
List of Illustrations Introduction by A. Norman Jeffares & Anna MacBride White Chronology of Events A Note on the Text I Saw the Queen Foreword I. Words Remembered II. Education III. Débutante IV. Uncle William V. The Alliance VI. Looking for Work VII. Evictions VIII. My First Speech IX. The Woman of the Sidhe X. The Blue Mountain XI. Working for Prisoners XII. La Saint Patrice XIII. Countering a Plot XIV. Spies XV. Occult Experiences XVI. Victoria's Jubilee XVII. In America XVIII. Famine XIX. The '98 Centenary XX. "England's Difficulty . . . "
XXI. End of the Alliance XXII. Betrayal XXIII. Days of Gloom XXIV. The New Century XXV. The Battle of the Rotunda XXVI. The Inevitability of the Church XXVII. Dusk Notes The Historical Background Persons and Organisations Index