Marker 226: August W. Derleth

© Photographed May 4, 2018
Erected 1976 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Sauk City, Sauk County, Wisconsin
43° 16.706′ N, 89° 43.16′ W

Born February 24, 1909, in Sauk City, August Derleth lived virtually his entire life in his native Sac Prairie. He began writing at the age of thirteen and had over 150 books to his credit at the time of his death on July 4, 1971. Versatile as he was prolific, Derleth is best known for his regional literature that includes historical novels, biographies, short stories, journals and poetry. He lived his own life in the spirit of Thoreau and believed that life in Sac Prairie is a microcosm that mirrors universal truths.

August Derleth was also a noted editor, publisher and lecturer. In 1939 he founded Arkham House Publishers and saw it achieve an international reputation under his directorship. He was the recipient of many honors and awards including a Guggenhelm Fellowship and the Governor's Award for service to the creative arts.
The marker is located near the entrance to August Derleth Park, 236 Water Street / Wisconsin 60 / 78, at its intersection with Hemlock Street, Sauk City, Wisconsin 53583.

See also, Sauk Prairie Area Veterans Memorial, also at this location.

The marker (visible in the center of the photo) is located at
August W. Derleth Park in the Village of Sauk City, Wisconsin.

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