Dora Sigerson Shorter

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Dora Sigerson

Dora Maria Sigerson Shorter (16 August 1866 – 6 January 1918)[1] was an Irish poet and sculptor, who after her marriage in 1895 wrote under the name Dora Sigerson Shorter.


She was born in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of George Sigerson, a surgeon and writer, and Hester (née Varian), also a writer. She was the oldest of 4 children.[2] The family home at 3 Clare Street was a gathering-place for artists and writers where Dora met important figures of the emerging Irish literary revival. She attended the Dublin School of Art, where W.B. Yeats was a fellow-pupil.[3] She was a major figure of the Irish Literary Revival, publishing many collections of poetry from 1893. Her sister Hester Sigerson Piatt was also a writer. Her friends included Katharine Tynan, Rose Kavanagh and Alice Furlong, writers and poets.[4]

In 1895 she married Clement King Shorter, an English journalist and literary critic. They lived together in London, until her death at age 51 from undisclosed causes.[5] Her friend Katharine Tynan wrote in a biographical sketch that she supposedly ‘died of a broken heart’ after the 1916 executions. [6]

Select works[edit]


  1. ^ "Dora Sigerson Shorter". All Poetry. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Dora Sigerson Shorter". Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ "The Home 'Place' : Center and Periphery in Irish House and Family Systems", House Life : Space, Place and Family in Europe, Bloomsbury Academic, 1999, doi:10.5040/, ISBN 9781474214919
  4. ^ Curran, C.P. (1970). Under the Receding Wave. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. ISBN 978-0-7171-0276-1.
  5. ^ Shorter, Aylward (2003). The Shorter Family. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books. ISBN 978-0-7884-2293-5.
  6. ^ "Dora Sigerson Shorter". Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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