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Toni Bentley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001

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The Legendary Backlash

The Legendary Backlash

Chapter Eleven The Legendary Backlash
Sisters of Salome

Toni Bentley

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the implications of Mata Hari's life and death. It suggests that her posthumous life as the ultimate femme fatale spy has not only been more glamorous than her real life ever was but far more useful to the public's imagination. While innocent of espionage, Mata Hari was guilty of the self-importance that had initially made her a noticed woman—and a condemned one.

Keywords:   Mata Hari, female spy, posthumous life, espionage

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