Dora Sigerson Shorter

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Dora Sigerson Shorter
Dora Sigerson.jpg
Born16 August 1866 Edit this on Wikidata
Dublin Edit this on Wikidata
Died6 January 1918 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 51)
OccupationPoet, sculptor Edit this on Wikidata
WorksThe Fairy Changeling and Other Poems Edit this on Wikidata
Spouse(s)Clement Shorter Edit this on Wikidata

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.


by John Lavery

She was born in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of George Sigerson, a surgeon and writer, and Hester 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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