Born in 1870 into Ireland’s landed gentry, Eva Gore-Booth devoted her adult life to fighting for the rights of the disenfranchised and the emancipation of the poor. She became a trade union founder and a passionate campaigner for women’s suffrage and for gender equality in an age still ruled by patriarchal values. Throughout her career she conveyed her ideas through poetry, publishing nineteen volumes, collected here for the first time, complete with a fascinating essay on Gore-Booth’s poetic life.
Irish author Eva Gore-Booth was the author of nine books of poetry, seven plays, and several collections of spiritual essays and studies of the Gospels. Just as important to her legacy, however, are the many pamphlets and essays she published while living in England that deal with the political issues of her day, including the fight for equal rights for women. In addition to being a writer, Gore-Booth was also a political activist, and one of the first female suffragists to advocate extending the vote to both female property owners and women in the working class.