Wisconsin Writers And Writing
August Derleth












Quality Paperback, 180 pp.
ISBN 1-896648-98-3 @ 18.00

Cloth Hard Cover with Dustjacket, 180 pp.
ISBN 1-896648-98-3 @ 28.00

About the Book

Despite Wisconsin's rich literary heritage, no critical work has ever been published about the state's most important writers. August Derleth's Wisconsin Writers & Writing now becomes the first reference work of its kind to discuss the writings of Hamlin Garland, Glenway Wescott, Edna Ferber, Zona Gale, Mark Schorer, and some of the lesser-known writers and poets who have written books that should be on everyone's reading list.
    August Derleth, one of Wisconsin's important regional writers, wrote these essays in 1965 for a lecture series he presented at the University of Wisconsin, where he frequently taught classes on regional writing for nearly three decades.
They are a testament of Derleth's love of regional literature and knowledge he gained from a lifetime of reading. They also reveal a man who is able to evaluate the works of other writers in an unbiased manner both historically and critically.
The manuscript for Wisconsin Writers & Writing was only recently discovered in the author's home by one of the editors, who was the first person in 25 years to be allowed to examine a wealth of unpublished manuscripts that have long been presumed missing.
    Because Derleth did not consider his own work important enough for discussion, the editors of this volume have written separate essays evaluating a writer too important in his own right to be forgotten.

About the Editors:

Peter Ruber is one of Derleth's former publishers who is now editing an extensive list of Derleth's unpublished manuscripts, and presents a personal view of the author and his work. He has edited August Derleth's Country Matters, Return to Sac Prairie, In a Quiet Graveyard, and other volumes soon to be published.
    Co-editor Dr. Kenneth B. Grant of the University of Wisconsin -Baraboo/Sauk is writing a biography of August Derleth, and presents the academic view of a man who achieved considerable stature among his peers as a writer, a pioneer publisher of fantasy fiction, an educator, and literary critic and columnist.