|Formation||February 1931 |
|Headquarters||New York City, NY|
|Key people||Theodore Dreiser, J. David Stern, Tiffany Thayer, Ben Hecht, Booth Tarkington, Burton Rascoe, Alexander Wollcott, Aaron Sussman|
The Fortean Society was a New York-based organisation, formed in 1931 by Theodore Dreiser, J. David Stern, Tiffany Thayer, Ben Hecht, Booth Tarkington, Burton Rascoe, Alexander Wollcott, Aaron Sussman, and others, to perpetuate the ideas and writings of iconoclastic author Charles Fort. While briefly maintaining a rotating body of editors - including Dreiser, the society's original President, and other founding members - in the first years of its existence, the society ultimately came under the exclusive direction and leadership of Tiffany Thayer.
After Thayer's death in 1959, the society effectively ceased to exist; it's archives were ultimately acquired by Ron and Paul Willis of the International Fortean Organization (INFO) in 1961.
- Time 17 (6): 23, 1931-02-09, "Last week in Manhattan a group of writers (Theodore Dreiser, Harry Elmer Barnes, Ben Hecht, Booth Tarkington, Edgar Lee Masters, John Cowper Powys, Tiffany Thayer, Harry Leon Wilson), formed a Fortean Society to create wider interest in the work of Charles Fort, author of The Book of the Damned, New Lands (out of print), Lo! (Claude Kendall, Publisher). For 26 years Author Fort has collected phenomena which Science has been unable to explain. He & his friends believe that modern knowledge must be freed of the prejudices of Science."