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August Derleth

The August Derleth Society

Derleth, August 1909-1971

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"Who Was August Derleth?" by Kay Price

"Walden West" by August Derleth



Interesting Fact:

Derleth had a personal library of 12,000 books along with a large collection of comics and records.

Study Questions:

  • Who does Derleth say were some of his influences during his formative years?
  • Derleth has been called Wisconsin's most prolific writer. What does that mean?
  • Read one of Derleth's books. If you have read some already, choose a new title.

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 24:

    1868: The House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson.
    1942: The Voice of America is heard on the radio for the first time.

  • February 24

    February 24, 1909: August Derleth was born on this date in Sauk City. Derleth, one of Wisconsin's best known authors, wrote more than 150 books. Most of his stories depicted small town life in Sac Prairie, the setting he created by merging Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. Died: July 4, 1971.

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