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Edith Somerville, who published from 1885, is known from the Somerville and Ross partnership which produced at least one important novel and a collection of classic comic stories (set in the west of Ireland and centred on fox-hunting), as well as other endearing Irish sketches and travel writings. She continued to write in these genres, mostly story and memoir, after Ross's death (which she saw as interrupting but not ending their collaboration). The later works (the last appeared in 1949) are suffused with nostalgia, and very largely dominated by the need to make money, to keep going an estate which was no longer financially viable. The massive archive of Edith Somerville's diary and letters is still almost unexamined.
2 May 1858 ES was born on the island of Corfu, off the coast of Greece. Bibliographic Citation link.
1873 ES began at fifteen to keep the diary which she continued to the year before her death, by which time it totalled 76 volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 October 1949 ES died at her home, Tally-Ho, at Castletownshend in County Cork. Bibliographic Citation link.
By December 1949 In the year of ES's death there appeared, as a final collaboration with Martin Ross and with her own illustrations, Maria, and Some Other Dogs. Bibliographic Citation link.
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