Maud Gonne was an English-born Irish revolutionary and actress, best known for her relationship with W.B. Yeats.  She was won over to Irish nationalism by the plight of evicted people in the Land Wars.  She acted in various plays written by Yeats.  She never accepted Yeats’s many marriage proposals because she viewed him as insufficiently radical in his nationalism, but also because she believed his unrequited love for her had been a boon for his poetry and that “the world should thank her for never having accepted his proposals.”

Notable works in ARB’s collection:

  • Celtic wonder-tales, retold by Ella Young; illustrated and decorated by Maud Gonne (1910)

 For more works by Maud Gonne, click here.


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