Please join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the birth of esteemed Wisconsin author, publisher and editor August Derleth at a special library program in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room at 2 pm February 28th.
Governor Jim Doyle has declared February 24th August Derleth Day in honor of his many contributions to the literary world and Wisconsin history and culture.
The Milwaukee Public Library is honoring Derleth by having David Schweitzer, a board member of the August Derleth Society, talk about Derleth’s work. In addition, come meet some Derleth family members and friends and enjoy an exhibit of books by Arkham House authors including Derleth, H. P Lovecraft, Robert Bloch and others.
Born in Sauk City, Wisconsin on February 24th, 1909, Derleth began writing at age thirteen and had his first story published in 1926. After earning a degree from the University of Wisconsin, Derleth returned to Sauk City in 1931. There, in his home town, he began a writing career that would eventually have him labeled as the most prolific writer in Wisconsin history, having published over 150 books ranging in topics from fiction, history, biography, poetry, nature books, horror and supernatural fiction, mysteries and children’s books.
In 1939, Derleth founded Arkham House Press to publish the works of his friend and colleague H.P. Lovecraft. The name Arkham comes from a fictional town in Massachusetts that appeared prominently in many of Lovecraft’s horror stories.
After the death of Lovecraft, Derleth wrote a number of stories based upon notes left by his friend and published them under the byline H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth.
In addition to his association with H. P. Lovecraft, Derleth wrote a famous series of novels with settings in his home town that were coined The Sac Prairie Saga and another series of Wisconsin related books called the Wisconsin Saga. Derleth also wrote histories of The Milwaukee Road, Father Marquette’s travels (a children's book), and the Wisconsin River, amongst many others.
Derleth also wrote mystery stories featuring Sherlock Holmes inspired character Detective Solar Pons, as well as the Judge Peck series. Derleth became the literary editor of the Capital Times Newspaper in Madison in 1941 and held that position until 1960. He continued to write until his death in 1971.
Submitted by Dan@Central