Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2004 - History - 348 pages
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Writers, killers, nuns, patriots, artists, healers, pirates, politicians, entertainers, saints, courtesans, leaders, revolutionaries, lovers, warriors, witches, record-breakers, and eccentrics are among the eclectic roster of Irishwomen resurrected from the dustbins of history by this "rollicking read" (according to Books Ireland).
In times when women were expected to marry and have children, they traveled the world and sought out adventures. In times when women were expected to be seen and not heard, they spoke out against oppression and used every creative means available to express their ideas and beliefs. Editor and writer Marian Broderick provides us with a series of lively portraits of seventy-five unorthodox Irishwomen. In these pages you will meet women you will never forget: Maria Edworth, Lady Jane Wilde, Lady Augusta Gregory, Peig Sayers, Nora Barnacle, Kitty Kiernan, Anne Bonny, Anne Devlin, Mother Jones, Countess Constance Markievicz, Hanna Sheey Skeffington, Fanny and Anna Parnell, Maud Gonne, St. Brighid, Margaret Leeson, Lady Betty, Queen Maeve of Connacht, Molly Brown, Kathleen Behan, Lola Monez, Daisy Bates, Greer Garson, Lilly and Lolly Yeats, and many more.

Co-published with the O'Brien Press, Dublin
Wisconsin edition is for sale only in the U.S.A., it's territories and dependencies, and Canada.
 

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Broderick, a freelance writer and editor of Irish heritage who resides in London, here profiles 71 Irishwomen, both well known and unknown and including writers, nuns, artists, warriors, killers ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
Marguerite Countess of Blessington
24
Somerville and Ross
43
Marie Louise Louison OMorphi
59
Sarah Curran
73
Kitty Kiernan
88
WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINE
107
Dr Kathleen Lynn
121
Gormlaith
179
Louie Bennett
201
SAINTS AND SINNERS
214
Lady Betty
226
TOUCH COOKIES
239
Inion Dubh
252
STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN
298
Dame Ninette de Valois
313

Veronica Cuerin
131
AHEAD OF THElR TlME
136
Mary Ann McCracken
150
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington
166
Lily and Lolly Yeats
327
GLOSSARY
340
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Marian Broderick is an editor and a writer who lives and works in London. The daughter of Irish parents, Broderick spent many childhood summers in the southwest of Ireland where she developed strong links with the place and the people. This is her first book.

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