Lucky Eyes and a High Heart (Magill's Literary Annual 1979)
The myth of modernity has relegated some genuine heroes to unjustified obscurity. In certain instances, a crucial figure of the past is remembered, if at all, for the wrong reasons with isolated or obscure or flamboyant details obscuring the greatness of the totality of the person. Such a fate has overtaken one of the noble figures of the early twentieth century: Maud Gonne, patriot, rebel, fighter for freedom, and the beloved of William Butler Yeats. Yet unfortunately she is remembered for the poems about her, not for her accomplishments in her own right; and they were many. In fact, it may not be far from the truth to maintain that Maud Gonne mothered an entire nation, the Republic of Ireland.
Maud Gonne MacBride was in every way a remarkable woman. She was much more than a fascinating footnote to the biography of Yeats, although in another sense their names, even as their lives, must remain inextricably intertwined.
Nancy Cardozo’s new biography Lucky Eyes and a High Heart takes its title from a love poem by Yeats:
She could have called over the rim of the worldWhatever woman’s lover had hit her fancy,And yet had been great-bodied and great limbed,Fashioned to be the mother of strong children;And she’d had lucky eyes and a high...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1979)
Booklist. LXXV, November 1, 1978, p. 452.
Kirkus Reviews. XLVI, October 1, 1978, p. 1100.
Library Journal. CIII, October 15, 1978, p. 2103.
Newsweek. XCII, November 6, 1978, p. 94.
Publisher’s Weekly. CCXIV, October 2, 1978, p. 12.
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