August Derleth

1909 - 1971

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August William Derleth (February 24, 1909 – July 4, 1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the cosmic horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily available in the UK), 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of August Derleth has received more than 468,418 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). August Derleth is the 2,177th most popular writer (up from 2,473rd in 2019), the 2,740th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,966th in 2019) and the 263rd most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, August Derleth ranks 2,177 out of 5,794Before him are Daqiqi, Servius Sulpicius Rufus, Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus Palladius, Nikolay Dobrolyubov, Inger Christensen, and Vasyl Sukhomlynsky. After him are Alfred Bester, Alain Ducasse, Erich Fried, Walter of Châtillon, Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, and Jeremias Gotthelf.

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Among people born in 1909, August Derleth ranks 100Before him are Homi J. Bhabha, Bernd Rosemeyer, Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani, André Abegglen, Gerhard Gentzen, and Lamberto Maggiorani. After him are Attilio Demaría, Karl Schäfer, Olga Rubtsova, Ryszard Siwiec, Hendrik Casimir, and Gottfried von Cramm. Among people deceased in 1971, August Derleth ranks 67Before him are John W. Campbell, Paul Lukas, József Zakariás, Duane Allman, Pedro Rodríguez, and Hermann Ehrhardt. After him are Amet-khan Sultan, Erich Abraham, Dimitrios Loundras, Joseph Valachi, Princess Maria Bona of Savoy-Genoa, and Mak Dizdar.

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Among people born in United States, August Derleth ranks 2,740 out of 15,968Before him are Jessye Norman (1945), Jim Thorpe (1887), Donald Davidson (1917), Tina Aumont (1946), Tommy Bolin (1951), and Robert J. Van de Graaff (1901). After him are Harpo Marx (1888), Treat Williams (1951), Alfred Bester (1913), Pat Riley (1945), James J. Gibson (1904), and Lois Chiles (1947).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, August Derleth ranks 263Before him are Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), Robert Jordan (1948), Ida Tarbell (1857), Harlan Ellison (1934), Anne McCaffrey (1926), and William Peter Blatty (1928). After him are Alfred Bester (1913), John Barth (1930), David Eddings (1931), Fritz Leiber (1910), Leon Uris (1924), and Larry Niven (1938).