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Cotter, Joseph S., Jr.

(born: 1895  -  died: 1919) 

Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. was born in Louisville, KY, to Maria F. and Joseph S. Cotter, Sr. A graduate of Louisville Central High School, he was enrolled at Fisk University when he became sick and was sent home, where he later died of tuberculosis.

Cotter, Jr., a gifted poet and playwright, wrote The Band of Gideon and other Lyrics, published in 1918; a book of one act plays; and a number of unfinished sonnets.

His sister, Florence Olivia Cotter, was also enrolled in Fisk when she came down with tuberculosis; she died in 1914.

For more see Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940, by J. V. Hatch and L. Hamalian; Negro Poets and Their Poems, by R. T. Kerlin; Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. at Penny's Poetry Pages; Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. at PoetryArchive; and Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. at The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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