August Derleth was a prolific and varied author who saw success in multiple genres. Teenage series books, horror stories, mystery/detective, historic fiction, historic non-fiction, and biography were all areas where Derleth excelled.
Its difficult to assess which work he is best known for because of the widely different audiences he appealed to. Certainly his Sac Prairie writings are among his best and most famous including such titles as Evening In Spring, Country Growth, and Walden West. "Sac Prairie" is a fictionalized representation of Sauk City Wisconsin and its sister town Praire du Sac which together are commonly referred to as Sauk Prairie.
He was one of the first and most important supporters of the work of H. P. Lovecraft (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lovecraft-8) and through his company Arkham House was the first publisher for many of Lovecraft's horror stories.
Derleth's ten books featuring Steve Grendon and Sim Jones, known by fans as The Mill Creek Irregulars, is a classic of juvenile series books, forming a junior component of his multi-faceted Sac Prairie Saga.
For fans of Sherlock Holmes Derleth is best known for his skillful series of detective stories starring Solar Pons whose name and career closely echoed that of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth.
Derleth was an admirer of Henry David Thoreau and in 1962 he released Concord Rebel one of several biographies geared toward young readers.
Derleth also published several books of poetry, edited several magazines and amassed an impressive collection of comics. Briefly married in the 1950's and father of two children, August William Derleth died in 1971 of a heart attack.
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