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August Derleth

Born: Feb 24, 1909

Death: Jul 4, 1971

Birthplace: Sauk City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

August Derleth

Date of Birth : Feb 24, 1909
Date of Death : Jul 4, 1971
Birth Place : Sauk City

August William Derleth was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House, Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography. A 1938 Guggenheim Fellow, Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth can also be considered a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Stephen Grendon
  • August W. Derleth
  • August William Derleth

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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