Who were Somerville & Ross?

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020     Views: 40

One of Ireland's most celebrated literary partnerships, Edith Somerville (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915) were second-cousins and friends who published together, as 'Somerville and Ross'. Their first novel, An Irish Cousin, was published in 1889 by the London publisher Richard Bentley. With the popular success of this first publication, Somerville and Ross went on to publish another four novels, three travel books, three collections of the Irish R.M. tales, four collections of short stories and mini travelogues, and numerous essays and articles for journal publication. Somerville continued to publish under the dual signature of ‘E.OE. Somerville and Martin Ross’ even after Ross’s premature death in 1915.Special Collections & Archives hold an extensive collection of their papers including diaries and manuscripts. 

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