Do we cancel people because of their corrosive words and deeds or do we try to see them as flawed human beings? This question came up while I was writing the first American biography of Maud Gonne in 40 years.

The British-born revolutionary, suffragette, and actress is beloved in her adopted country of Ireland but not so well known in the U.S. Outside Ireland, she is primarily remembered as W. B. Yeats’s muse. (The Nobel Prize winner wrote lyric poems to and about her for 38 years.)