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By Joe Block 

August Derleth, Sauk Prairie's native son

 

July 26, 2018

Photo contributed

Derleth looking through his expansive comic book collection, top; a woodcut by Mazomanie artist Frank Uptatel is one of many that graced Derleth's books, middle; an iconic picture of Derleth on the Sauk City rail bridge. Top photo courtesy of Tracy Heron, all others courtesy of the August Derleth Society.

The memory of Sauk Prairie's seemingly forgotten son, writer August Derleth (1909-1971), is being kept alive by a group of people dedicated to his memory and enthralled with his voluminous writings. Members of the August Derleth society are both in awe of Derleth's over 150 written works and his dedication to the place he spent almost his entire life: Sauk Prairie.

ADS (August Derleth Society) member and former president Tracy Heron explains:

"While the challenge of the Society (ADS) is to keep Derleth's name in circulation and to get his writings in the hands of as many readers as possible...



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