The Fascination of What's Difficult: A Life of Maud Gonne


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5.0 X 7.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author

Kim Bendheim is a poet, performer, and writer. Her byline has appeared in The Forward, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Bomb magazine, which published her poetry. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, she received two Masters degrees: one from New York University (where she studied Irish literature and history), and one from the City College of New York (where she studied poetry). She lives in New York City.


"With clear-eyed forays into obsession, love, and friendship, Kim Bendheim fleshes out one of the most enigmatic and alluring women in the history of European letters and politics."--Florence Williams

"Much more than a muse: biography shows us the Maud Gonne we didn't learn about at school" -- Irish Independent

"The great virtue of Kim Bendheim's book is that she brings fresh perspectives - non-academic, contemporary and American - to bear on the known facts of Gonne's life... Revelatory." -- The Irish Times

"[A] richly detailed critical biography of one of Ireland's most celebrated and enigmatic political and cultural figures" -- The Arts Fuse

"Thanks to her role as muse to W.B.Yeats, Maud Gonne (1866-1953) is well-known in mythic form to many who have never heard her name. The initial corrective was her own 1938 autobiography, but Kim Bendheim's book is a much more candid and useful book." -- Tortoise