1909 – August Derleth Born

On this date was born in Sauk City. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Derleth founded the Arkham House publishing company with Donald Wandrei in Sauk City in 1939 to publish works of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was literary editor of the in Madison from 1941 to 1960, and the author of more than 100 books. Derleth wrote biographies of Zona Gale, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many Wisconsin figures, as well as historical fiction, poetry, and childrens books. He published and edited stories by H. P. Lovecraft, author of supernatural horror stories, and also wrote “The Wisconsin” in the series. Though recognized nationally as a major author of fantasy and detective fiction, he is best known in Wisconsin for his series of novels about the fictional town of “Sac Prairie.” August Derleth was a Guggenheim fellow in 1938 and in 1966 received the Governor of Wisconsin’s award for distinguished service to the arts. Derleth died on July 4, 1971, in Sauk City. [Source: