[Mary Letitia Martin, Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M Martin') to 'Miss OMeara', on reviews of her novel 'St. Etienne', literary success and disillusionment, her publisher T. C. Newby and Jane Austen.

Mary Letitia Martin (1815-1850), Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara', granddaughter of the MP Richard Martin (1754-1834, 'Humanity Dick') [T.C. Newby, London publisher]
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Ballinahinch Castle [Connemara, Ireland]. 5 April 1845
SKU: 20851

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, and with closed tears up gutter and one fold. Addressed to 'My dearest Miss OMeara'. With reference to her first published work, 'St. Etienne, a Romance of the First Revolution' (T. C. Newby, London, 1845), she begins by thanking her 'for the Review which the Doctor sent me, as he promised'. She mentions other reviews, stating that one 'did not review the Book it praised the writer – the only thing stated of the Book is however very good, for it is htat the Characters are so very well done that they resemble Miss Austen'. She finds it 'Strange that all the various reviews give both praise & blame and by a curious chance each praises the very point another blames – Newby [the publisher of the book] wants me to write again and proposes very good terms for the produce-[stakes?], but I think I shall never turn out another. Vanity of vanities all is vanity. I know literary success is vanity for I have it and I never have taken one moments pleasure in it.' In her opinion 'nothing gives pleasure but our daily task and then a dreamless sleep to bring us to another day of healthy toil.' She thinks it 'well to be early disillusionée, less time is lost in dreams, in vague aspirings for worthless things'. She looks forward to her visit, when she will read the novel and they will have a 'good causerie […] such as we used to have long ago'. Note: "The life of this promising Irish writer was cut tragically short." As a result of childbirth.