Martin Ross

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Standard Name: Ross, Martin
Birth Name: Violet Florence Martin
Pseudonym: Martin Ross
Pseudonym: Somerville and Ross
It is widely suspected that MR may have been the dominant partner, the chief creative spirit, in the partnership of Somerville and Ross which occupied the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (though the opposite view has also been argued). Their most memorable works—an 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—were completed before her death, and Somerville's publications after Ross died are permeated with an elegiac tone. They themselves poured scorn on their public's desire to teize apart the individual strands in their collaboration.
Stone, Marjorie, and Judith Thompson. Literary couplings: writing couples, collaborators, and the construction of authorship. University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.
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Black and white, head-and-shoulders photo of Martin Ross, seen in profile. She wears a dark, sleeveless evening dress with beading at the shoulder, and her dark, curly hair in a pleat on her head..
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Connections

Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Anthologization Edith Somerville
ES reprinted as a leaflet for private greetings Little Red Riding Hood in Kerry, as by herself and Martin Ross , from an anthology of fairy stories published that year.
Cummins, Geraldine. Dr. E. Œ. Somerville: A Biography. Andrew Dakers, 1952.
268
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Somerville
One of ES 's great-grandfathers, whom she shared with her collaborator Ross , was Charles Kendal Bushe , Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
28
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Somerville
Within a few months Violet became a replacement for the lost Ethel Coghill. It was ES who selected the name Martin Ross for her cousin, apparently to avoid confusion with another Violet in the family...
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Somerville
Throughout Martin Ross 's final illness, ES and her sister Hildegarde remained with her. Edith recorded her friend's progress towards death both in writing and drawing.
Lewis, Gifford. Somerville and Ross: The World of the Irish R. M. Viking, 1985.
237
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Somerville
ES met her second cousin Violet Martin for the first time.
Cronin, John. Somerville and Ross. Bucknell University Press, 1972.
14
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
39, 25-8
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Somerville
ES made a drawing of Martin Ross three days before she died, in a most profound trance of peace.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
173
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
171-2
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Somerville
Ten days after the death of her cousin and companion Violet (Martin Ross), ES wrote: This black, black year goes out in despair and tears.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
175
Friends, Associates Edith Somerville
ES began a series of attempts to get Martin Ross to manifest herself at spiritualist seances: nothing definite happened.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
221
Friends, Associates Augusta Gregory
One of AG 's friends at this time was Katherine Martin of Ross, whose elder sister, Violet Martin (known as Martin Ross) , later became part of a famous writing duo with her cousin Edith Somerville
Friends, Associates Katherine Cecil Thurston
Through these social engagements, KCT came into contact with several significant figures of the day. At a dinner given by Colonel George Harvey , for instance, she probably met Mr and Mrs Winston Churchill ...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Bowen
The authors whom EB wrote of for the British Council in English Novelists are (as the commission required) canonical and mostly male. She was deeply influenced by Virginia Woolf , and wrote after Woolf's death...
Intertextuality and Influence Molly Keane
The stories, told through the eyes of an Englishman dazzled by Ireland, concern a family in a big-house: an aristocratic father, domineering and hiding his love; a brother and sister whose lives are wrapped...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Russell Mitford
Our Village is often said to have inaugurated its genre of small-scale, local-colour sketch writing, but (apart from Washington Irving 's Geoffrey Crayon's Sketch Book, 1819) it owes an obvious debt to the work...
Intertextuality and Influence Kate O'Brien
Lorna Reynolds notes a parallel between the KOB of this novel, on the one hand, and Somerville and Ross , on the other. Like her very different predecessors in the west-of-Ireland novel, O'Brien describes landscape...
Occupation Constance Smedley
Since the Langham Place Group had provided a social space for women in 1860, several organizations had already challenged the flourishing institution of men's clubs. The Lyceum Club came on the scene at a time...

Timeline

1911
The Munster Women's Franchise League was founded in Cork by writers Edith Somerville and Violet Martin , who published together as Somerville and Ross.