Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses: Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr

Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses: Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr

by Mary K. Greer
     
 
These four remarkable women, core members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, left a lasting imprint on the politics, literature, and theater of 19th-century Europe. Less well-known than the famous men in their lives, including Yeats and Shaw, their stories are now told.

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These four remarkable women, core members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, left a lasting imprint on the politics, literature, and theater of 19th-century Europe. Less well-known than the famous men in their lives, including Yeats and Shaw, their stories are now told.

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" . . . reads like an elegant novel; I couldn't put it down. Discover what feminist women were all about a hundred years ago."
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" . . . reads like an elegant novel; I couldn't put it down. Discover what feminist women were all about a hundred years ago."
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" . . . reads like an elegant novel; I couldn't put it down. Discover what feminist women were all about a hundred years ago."

"Explores the stories of these strong, interesting women. Well-written and well-researched."

Library Journal
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a society of magicians formed in 1888 that attracted men like William Butler Yeats and Aleister Crowley. Unknown to most is that four women-Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, and Florence Farr-were actively and equally involved in the order. Greer (Tarot for Yourself, Newcastle Pub., 1984) explores alternately the stories of these strong, interesting women from their adulthood to their deaths. Her book is well researched and well written and has an excellent bibliography. However, constructing the narrative of intertwining biographies is confusing and unsatisfactory, and analyzing each woman's horoscope will stretch the modern scholar's credulity more than a little, however important astrology was to these women. Balancing the strengths and the weaknesses of this book, it is a dubious purchase for most libraries.-Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Alfred
Aries
This is the best kind of feminist scholarship. It is not aggressive or shrill, but warm and personal in its engagement with its subjects, treating them as people, not merely as specimens under a microscope.
—1995

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892816071
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
630,566
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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" . . . reads like an elegant novel; I couldn't put it down. Discover what feminist women were all about a hundred years ago."

"Explores the stories of these strong, interesting women. Well-written and well-researched."

Meet the Author

Mary Katherine Greer is a former professor of women's studies and the author of The Essence of Magic and three books on Tarot, including Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation. She leads workshops in women's mystery traditions, aromatherapy, writing, and Tarot throughout the United States and in Europe and lives in Nevada City, California.

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