Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tarleton Collier (1888 or 1889-1970)

Edward Tarleton Collier
Aka Georgia O'Keats
Reporter, Editor, Author, Poet, Public Speaker, Penologist
Born December 22, 1888 or 1889, Mobile, Alabama
Died June 4, 1970, Fulton County, Georgia

Edward Tarleton Collier was born on December 22, 1888 or 1889, in Mobile and grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. Collier graduated from Auburn University in 1907, presumably with a bachelor's degree. He also received a master's degree from Auburn and studied at the University of Chicago. Collier was a newspaperman for more than a quarter century: editor of the Selma Journalreporter for, then editor of the Atlanta Georgian; then with the Chicago American, International News Service (I.N.S.), and by the mid 1940s editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Collier also worked for the Farm Security Administration in Montgomery, Alabama. According to an anonymous commenter (below): "Tarleton Collier also wrote for many years for the Atlanta Journal Constitution under the pen name of Georgia O'Keats. It was political commentary in poetry form." Thanks to Anonymous for the added information. (Updated July 18, 2017.)

From 1914 to 1938, Tarleton Collier wrote for pulp and story magazines, including Baseball Stories, Breezy Stories, Brief Stories, The Midland, The Parisienne Monthly Magazine, The Smart Set, Snappy Stories, Telling Tales, and Young's Magazine. He wrote two stories for Weird Tales, "The Siren" from June 1923 and "Top of the World" from November 1935. Collier also wrote Georgia Penal System (1938), Penal System: A Reflection of Our Lives and Our Customs (1940), and Fire in the Sky (1941), a novel of the South. He died on June 4, 1970, in Fulton County, Georgia.

Tarleton Collier's Stories in Weird Tales
"The Siren" (June 1923)
"Top of the World" (Nov. 1935)

Further Reading
"Top of the World" was reprinted in 100 Wild Little Weird Tales, edited by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg, and Martin H. Greenberg (1994). 


Thanks to Anonymous (comment below) for additional information.
Text and captions copyright 2014 Terence E. Hanley

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  1. Tarleton Collier also wrote for many years for the Atlanta Journal Constitution under the pen name of Georgia O'Keats. It was political commentary in poetry form.

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