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Name:    Seifert, Shirley
Category:  Cultural Life, Education, Human and Social Services
Born/Started:     May. 22, 1888
Died/Ended:     Sep. 01, 1971
Description:    Shirley Seifert was an author of historical novels who lived her whole life in St. Louis. She attended Central High School and graduated from Washington University in 1909, the same year as Fannie Hurst. They were both members of Thrysus, the university´s student-run theatrical group. After graduation she taught in the St. Louis public schools and, during World War I, she worked in the Liberty Loan office. She published many novels, and preferred historical novels. Her 1938 novel, The Wayfarer was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Some of Seifert´s other books include Captain Grant (1946), The Turquoise Trail (1950), and A Key to St. Louis (1963). She taught fiction writing at Washington University and was active in Theta Sigma Phi, the women´s journalist´s society.

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