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English-born Maud Gonne subjected almost all the writing as well as all the activity in her life to her Irish nationalism. From a highly effective and dramatic orator she became a polemical journalist, first in French, then in English. She also published an autobiography of her earlier years.
Probably 21 December 1866 MG was born at Tongham Manor near the small village of the same name, in southern England, on this day or possibly a whole year earlier. Her birth was not registered. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
June 1890 MG delivered the first of her many public speeches in England (at Barrow-in-Furness in Lancashire) on behalf of the Irish Parliamentary Party, which at that point she supported. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late October 1938 MG published her ironically-titled autobiography, A Servant of the Queen. The queen here is not the British monarch, but Cathleen Ni Houlihan the mythological queen and personification of Ireland, whom MG played in the drama (by Yeats and Augusta Gregory) titled with Cathleen's name. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
April 27, 1953 MG died at Roebuck House in Clonskeagh of the tuberculosis which she had harboured for most of her life. Bibliographic Citation link.
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