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How One Woman Changed the World: Kim Bendheim on the legendary Maud Gonne

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Celebrate the launch of the Kim Bendheim's new book, The Fascination of What's Difficult about legendary Maud Gonne.

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Enjoy a book launch party and discussion with Kim Bendheim about the extraordinary Maud Gonne, the subject of her book THE FASCINATION OF WHAT’S DIFFICULT, A Life of Maud Gonne.

The legendary Maud Gonne left her mark on everyone she met. Born into tremendous privilege, she allied herself with rebels and the downtrodden and openly defied what was at the time the world’s most powerful empire. An actress and journalist, she dedicated her life to the cause of Irish independence and prisoner rights and changed the world.

What a perfect time to tell Maud Gonne’s story! A style icon with a Parisian education reminiscent of Colette’s Gigi, legendary Maud defied convention to become an influencer who used the media to make a difference decades before women had the right to vote.

In the first American biography of her in forty years THE FASCINATION OF WHAT’S DIFFICULT, A Life of Maud Gonne, author Kim Bendheim reveals her thrilling life.

Maud is now best remembered as the muse of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats who wrote poetry to and about her for thirty-eight years!

However, her story is so much richer.

As a young woman, her great aunt, Countess of Sizeranne, took Maud under her wing to teach her that a woman’s power came from confidence and careful presentation: one’s choice of hat, of perfume, of dress, of style and grace mattered. From her, Maud learned to use her beauty and allure as a tool to mesmerize and manipulate men and, as her activism grew, to captivate audiences on her speaking tours in support of Irish independence.

Maud shocked contemporaries by having two children out of wedlock. Her son Sean MacBride continued her life’s work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners and co-founded Amnesty International. In 1974, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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. She lives in New York City. This is her first book.

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