Prison Letters of Countess Markeivicz (1934)

Author: Countess Markeivicz

Book ID: 67993

Price: 125.00

Prison Letters of Countess Markeivicz (Constance Gore-Booth), Also Poems and Articles Relating to Easter Week by Eva Gore-Booth, and a Biographical Sketch by Esther Ropers, with a Preface President De Valera. London: Longmans, 1934. First Edition. Pp xviii, 315. Ex library copy, with ink stamps & with occasional label residue to endpapers.  Rebound in maroon cloth boards, title in gilt to spine. A very good copy.

Illustrated with sixteen plates.

The letters were written by Countess Markievicz to her sister, Eva Gore-Booth, while she was incarcerated between 1916 and 1923. Her correspondence sheds light on pivotal events such as the Easter Rising of 1916, the War of Independence, and the Civil War in Ireland.

Countess Markievicz (née Gore-Booth) was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist and suffragette. She was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and along with the other Sinn Féin TDs formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also the first woman in Europe to hold a cabinet position (Minister of Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919-1922). She played an active part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and was sentenced to death for her part in the Rising later commuted to life imprisonment on account of her gender.

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