The Loafers

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The Loafers was a literary club founded by Octavus Roy Cohen and some of his colleagues from the press. The group, which was active in the 1920s, included Jack Bethea, James Saxon Childers, Ollie Lucy Backus, Arthemus Calloway and Edgar Valentine Smith.


  • Bloomer, John W. (April 1977) "'The Loafers' in Birmingham in the Twenties." The Alabama Review. Vol. 30, No. 2
  • Ehrlich, Eugene and Gorton Carruth (1982) The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to the United States. Oxford University Press ISBN 0195031865