1828-1898; b. Cork, dg. Amos Varian and s. of Ralph Varian; m. George
Sigerson, 1865; contrib. poetry to various magazines incl. The Harp (ed. M. J. McCann, 1859); Irish Fireside, Cork Examiner,
Boston Pilot, The Gael, Young Ireland, and Irish
Monthly; pieces in anthologies of Ralph Varian, The Harp of Erin (1869), et. al.; one novel, A Ruined Place [ &c.]
(1890) [var. 1889]; d. 15 April, Dublin; bur. Glasnevin; Dora Sigerson
Shorter was her dg. JMC SUTH IF
in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists A
Ruined Place, or The Last Macmanus of Drumroosk (London: Ward &
Downey 1890) [gloomy view of Ireland; mid-19th c.; misfortunes of once
prosperous couple of well-to-do peasant class; girl dies in workhouse;
man takes to drink, killed in accident; aims at picturing sufferings of
peasantry under old land system].
Anthologised in Irish Literature,
ed. Justin McCarthy (Washington: University of America 1904); selection
from A Ruined Place is a cabin death-scene, with a priest, Fr.
Mat, and a good deal of courage, sentiment, and piety.
See also under Dora Shorter in John Sutherland, The Longman Companion
to Victorian Fiction (Harlow: Longmans 1988).
A Ruined Place is cited without
publishers details as A Ruined Race in D. J. ODonoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges
Figgis & Co 1912), p.457; QRY source of ref., A Ruined Race, or
the last MacManus of Drumroosk (London: Ward & Downey 1889), formerly
listed under Hester Varian [RX].