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Charles Fort biography

Date of birth : 1874-08-06
Date of death : 1932-05-03
Birthplace : Albany, New York
Nationality : American
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-07-07
Credited as : Writer and researcher, anomalous phenomena, The Book of the Damned

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Charles Hoy Fort was an American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena. Today, the terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena. Fort's books sold well and are still in print today.

Charles Hoy Fort was a writer who spent his time at the library, taking notes from scientific journals and formulating a response to what he considered their suppression of anomalous data. Helped along by American writer Theodore Dreiser, Fort published The Book of the Damned in 1919, a collection of weird stories he had come across in his research, followed by New Lands (1923) and Lo! (1931). "Fortean" organizations sprang up after Fort's death, furthering a tradition of distributing stories of the bizarre as a jab in the ribs of the scientific community. Some consider Fort the father of paranormal studies, some consider him simply an avid collector of weird tales.

Author of books:
The Outcast Manufacturers (1906, novel)
The Book of the Damned (1919, nonfiction)
The New Lands (1923, nonfiction)
Lo! (1931, nonfiction)
Wild Talents (1932, nonfiction, posthumous)

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