Diana Ross (author)
|Born||8 July 1910|
Valletta, Malta Colony
|Died||4 May 2000 (aged 89)|
Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
|Pen name||Gri (illustrations)|
|Occupation||Writer, teacher, illustrator, fine artist|
|Subject||Children's literature, picture books|
Diana Patience Beverly Ross (8 July 1910 – 4 May 2000), relative of Robert Ross, was an English children's author and occasional and longtime resident of Shaw, near Melksham, in Wiltshire. A graduate of the Central School of Art in London, she also worked on sculpture and graphic arts and illustrated several of her own books under the name of her cat, Gri.
Life and work
In her early twenties, Ross worked at the Grenfell Mission orphanage in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and would later help Wilfred Grenfell to research his history, The Romance of Labrador, as well as – without credit – drawing the book's illustrations.
Beginning with The Little Red Engine Gets a Name (1942), followed by The Story of the Little Red Engine (1945) (ISBN 0-233-00147-6) and seven more volumes, Ross created a series of picture books which followed the adventures of the same character. Jan Le Witt and George Him provided the illustrations for the first volume and Leslie Wood its sequels.
Ross had several of her short works read for BBC radio broadcasts for children and wrote several volumes of modern fairy tales for older children. Ross also had an un-credited part in the creation of the BBC children's television series Camberwick Green.