Alice Letitia Milligan - described by O'Donovan Rossa's wife as "a darling little electric battery". In this fascinating and highly readable account of the eventful life of one of the most vivacious of the politically aware Irish women of a hundred years ago, the author traces with sympathy and candour Alice's journey from a high-spirited and fun-loving girl, through romantic patriotism to the Easter Rising of 1916 and beyond, when she was shattered by the difference between romance and reality. Casement and Yeats, Parnell, O'Leary and de Valera are all players on this stage. This is an enthralling and timely personal study of the tragic fortunes of one of Ireland's most neglected women.
CONTENTS Preface to the 1994 edition Preface to the 2009 edition Introduction 1. 1866 - 1878 The Little Girl 2. 1878 - 1888 The Wild Flower 3. 1888 - 1891 The Headlong Spirit 4. 1891 - 1893 Fear and Fame 5. 1893 - 1899 The Thick of the Fight 6. 1898 - 1904 Sorrow and Success 7. 1904 - 1916 Darling Little Battery 8. 1916 - 1953 A Prisoner and Distressed Postscript Bibliography Index
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