Fiametta: A Previously Unpublished Play by Eva Gore-Booth

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This is the first ever publication of Fiametta, a five act play by the Irish poet, playwright and political activist Eva Gore-Booth. The manuscript of this previously unpublished play was discovered amongst the personal and literary papers of Gore-Booth. This is an exceptional find. It is rare indeed that an unpublished work, by a celebrated Irish author, is uncovered so many years after their death. This play is a significant contribution to the body of Eva Gore-Booth’s literary work. Fiametta contrasts with Gore-Booth’s other dramas and therefore, adds a new perspective to critical analysis of her work. This volume includes an introduction and brief synopsis of Gore-Booth’s dramatic works and a note on Fiametta.


"a major contribution to the scholarship of Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Irish Studies and the historiography of the New Woman. . .While Eva Gore Booth is often characterised as a mystic poet and/or a revolutionary activist, her role in the fashioning of and sympathy for the 'New Woman' is no more aptly demonstrated than in this play."

Prof. Maryann Valiulis
Trinity College

Fiametta is a highly illuminating publication of notable significance; it is an engaging read which highlights the radical nature of Eva Gore-Booth's politics.”

-Prof. Seamus Mac Gabhann
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

From the Foreword:
“The most interesting aspect of Fiametta’s engagement with what might be termed a genealogy of Queer Irish writing is how we can see Gore-Booth’s play engage with Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (1893). . . . in important respects we can see Fiametta as a feminist (if not lesbian) counter-point . . .”

­-Prof. Dr Katherine O’Donnell
University College Dublin

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