Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949

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E. Œ. Somerville, Irish author.

From the description of E. Œ. Somerville Collection, 1935-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83632141

From the description of E. Œ. Somerville collection, 1935-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702161295

Edith Anna Œnone Somerville (1858-1949) was an Irish writer, illustrator, and painter. She wrote many books with her cousin, Violet Florence Martin (1862-1915, Martin Ross, Pseud.) as the co-authors somerville and Ross.

From the description of Collection, 1890-1946 (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79381014

Edith OEnone Somerville was an Irish short-story writer, novelist, essayist, and illustrator.

From the description of Edith OEnone Somerville collection of papers, 1886-1938. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615538

From the guide to the Edith OEnone Somerville collection of papers, 1886-1938, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Anglo-Irish author Edith Anna Oenone Somerville (1858–1949) partnered with her cousin Violet Martin to write novels under the names “Somerville and Ross."

"Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858–1949. Literature Online. "http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 28, 2007).

From the guide to the E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letter to Mrs. Allhusen, 1903 February 12, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Anglo-Irish author Edith Anna Œnone Somerville (1858–1949) partnered with her cousin Violet Martin to write novels under the name “Somerville and Ross."

"Somerville, E. OE (Edith Œnone), 1858–1949. Literature Online."http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 28, 2007).

From the guide to the E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letters, 1921–1942, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Anglo-Irish author Edith Anna Œnone Somerville (1858–1949) partnered with her cousin Violet Martin to write novels under the names “Somerville and Ross."

"Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) , 1858–1949. Literature Online. "http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 28, 2007).

From the guide to the E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letter to Butler, 1917 August 13, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Anglo-Irish author Edith Anna Oenone Somerville (1858–1949) partnered with her cousin Violet Martin to write novels under the names “Somerville and Ross."

Source: Literature Online. "Somerville, E. OE (Edith OEnone), 1858–1949."http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 28, 2007).

From the guide to the E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letter to Butler, 1917 November 19, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Edith Anna Œnone Somerville (1858-1949) was born in Corfu but spent her childhood at Drishane House, Castletownshend, in West Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Henry Somerville (1824-1898) and his wife, Adelaide Eliza Coghill (1831-1895). Edith studied art in London, Dusseldorf, and in Paris, where she began her career as an illustrator. When she returned home in 1886, she met her cousin, Violet Florence Martin (1862-1915), and the two became life-long friends and began their partnership as writers. Their first venture was An Irish cousin published in 1889. Following the success of this book, they spent 1890-1893 touring Europe and writing travel books. Later they co-authored, under the pseudonym of Somerville and Ross (using the names Martin Ross and E. Œ Somerville), The Real Charlotte (1894), The Irish RM stories, Some experiences of an Irish R.M., and others. The partnership ended in December of 1915 when Violet Martin unexpectedly died of a brain tumor.

Somerville wrote on, publishing a memoir of Martin in 1917, Irish memories. She continued to publish under the joint authorship of Somerville and Martin, one author dead and one alive. She justified this in a two-fold manner, first by claiming that she was the amanuensis for Martin's spirit through the medium of automatic writing, and second, that she used notes on projected works and plots taken from their former correspondence - so the partnership continued.

Somerville most often did the illustrations for their books, but she is still better known as a writer then an artist, though she is regarded as an illustrator and painter of some note. In the twentieth century, Edith spent more time at oil painting, having one-person exhibitions in London and New York She was also a suffragist and an accomplished huntswoman became the first woman master of foxhounds in Ireland (1903-1908, 1912-1919).

From the guide to the Collection, 1890-1946., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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creatorOf Collection, 1890-1946. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949. Edith OEnone Somerville collection of papers, 1886-1938. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Smyth, Ethel, 1858-1944. Ethel Smyth collection, 1910-1962. University of Michigan
creatorOf Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949. Edith Œnone Somerville papers, [ca. 1926-1932]. The California Digital Library
referencedIn Somerville, Edith : [miscellaneous ephemeral material] Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949. E. Œ. Somerville collection, 1935-1984. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Edith OEnone Somerville collection of papers, 1886-1938 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Liebert, Herman W.,. Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949. Collection, 1890-1946 Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Tynan, Katharine, 1861-1931. Katharine Tynan Hinkson papers, 1885-1929. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949. E. Œ. Somerville Collection, 1935-1984. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Elizabeth Hudson collection of E. Œ. Somerville & personal papers, 1879-1970 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letter to Butler, 1917 November 19 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Liebert, Herman W.,. Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letters, 1921–1942 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letter to Butler, 1917 August 13 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Coghill, Nevill, 1899-. Detailed catalogue describing MS. S of works by E. O. E. Somerville and Martin Ross : sold at Sotheby's, London, 30 July 1946 : typescript, 1946. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Hudson, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Hudson collection of E. Œ. Somerville & personal papers, 1879-1970. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hudson, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Hudson collection of E. Œ. Somerville & personal papers, 1879-1970. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf E. Œ. (Edith Œnone) Somerville letter to Mrs. Allhusen, 1903 February 12 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
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associatedWith Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937 person
associatedWith Coghill, Nevill, 1899- person
associatedWith Cummins, Geraldine Dorothy, 1890- person
associatedWith D. H. S. Somerville person
associatedWith Farley, Isabel, person
associatedWith Fritz B. Talbot person
associatedWith Gregory, Lady, 1852-1932. person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hudson, Elizabeth person
associatedWith Hudson, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Isabel Farley person
associatedWith James B. Pinker and Son corporateBody
associatedWith James B. Pinker and Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Liebert, Herman W., person
associatedWith Liebert, Herman W., collector. person
associatedWith Martin, Violet. person
associatedWith Mrs. J. W. Farley person
associatedWith N. K. Coghill person
associatedWith Plunkett, Horace Curzon, Sir, 1854-1932. person
associatedWith Powell, Violet. person
associatedWith Ross, Martin, 1862-1915. person
associatedWith Seaman, Owen, 1861-1936. person
associatedWith Smyth, Ethel, 1858-1944. person
associatedWith Stone, Melville E. person
correspondedWith Tynan, Katharine, 1861-1931. person
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Irish literature--20th century
Tales
Women authors, Irish--19th century
Women authors
Authors, Irish--20th century
Irish literature--19th century
Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence
Women authors, Irish--20th century
Elephants--Juvenile poetry
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Birth 1858

Death 1949

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