University professor, author, newspaper editor. Born– April 19, 1899, Birmingham. Parents– Hayden Prior and Pattie Undine (Goldwire) Childers. Married– Maurine White. Education– Oberlin College, B.A., 1920; Oxford University, B.A., 1923; M.A., 1927. Military service: Naval Aviation, WWI; U.S.Air Force Intelligence, WWII; retired with rank of colonel. Professor of literature at Birmingham Southern College, 1925-1942; associate editor, Atlanta Journal, 1951-1957; lecturer, U.S. Department of State in the Far and Middle East, 1958-1959;  president of Tupper and Love, Inc., book publishers, after 1959. Honors– Rhodes Scholarship, 1921; Oglethorpe University, Litt.D., 1954; Birmingham Southern College, Litt.D., 1955. World traveller and distinguished collector of rare books.  Died July 17, 1965.


Marquis Who’s Who online;  Alabama Librarian, vol. 3.


Papers of James Saxon Childers are held at the Birmingham Public Library and in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


The Bookshop Mystery. New York; D. Appleton, 1930.

Enemy Outpost. New York; D. Appleton, 1942.

Erskine Ramsay, His Life and Achievements. S.l.; Cartwright and Ewing, 1942.

From Siam to Suez. New York; D. Appleton, 1923.

God Save the Duke. New York; D. Appleton, 1933.

Hilltop in the Rain. New York; D. Appleton, 1928.

Histories or Tales of Past Times Told by Mother Goose, with Morals. S.l.; Nonesuch, 1925.

Laurel and Straw. New York; D. Appleton, 1941.

Mumbo Jumbo, Esquire. New York; D. Appleton, 1941.

The Nation on the Flying Trapeze; the United States as the People of the East See Us. New York; D. McKay, 1960.

A Novel About a White Man and a Black Man in the Deep South. New York; Farrar, 1936.

Robert McAlpine, a Biography. New York; Oxford University Press, 1925.

Sailing South American Skies. New York; Farrar, 1936.

Through Oriental Gates. New York; D. Appleton, 1930.

Tomorrow We Reap. New York; Dial, 1949.

War Eagles, the Story of the Eagle Squadron. New York; D. Appleton, 1943.

A Way Home; the Baptists Tell Their Story. Atlanta; Tupper and Love, 1963.


Listen to Leaders in Business. Atlanta; Tupper and Love, 1963.

Listen to Leaders in Law. Atlanta; Tupper and Love, 1963.

Listen to Leaders in Medicine. Atlanta; Tupper and Love, 1963.

Listen to Leaders in Science. Atlanta; Tupper and Love, 1965.