||A. Manette Ansay
Raised in Port Washington, studied at the University of Wisconsin.
Ansay’s experiences in Midwestern farm life are incorporated into her fiction. Novels like the Oprah selection Vinegar Hill and Midnight Champagne are infused with the rhythm of rural Wisconsin. In her memoir Limbo, Ansay relates her struggle with the debilitating disease that redirected her musical career towards that of the written word. She has received the Nelson Algren Prize for the title story of Read This and Tell Me What It Says, the Pushcart Prize, the Friends of American Writers Prize, and the Great Lakes Book Award.
Resides in Lake Mills.
Born in Wausau and educated at the University of Wisconsin, Peters is the author of celebrated biographies including Design for Living, a biography of Lunt and Fontanne, two books on Charlotte Bronte: Style in the Novel and the biography Unquiet Soul, as well as books on Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the Barrymores, and May Sarton. She received the George M. Freedly, Banta, and Council of Wisconsin Writers awards all for Bernard Shaw and the Actresses.
Resides in Rochester
After graduating Carleton College in Minnesota, Hamilton moved
to Wisconsin where she began her literary career by putting her
experiences with rural, small-town living into critically acclaimed
novels. Her books, including The
Book of Ruth (for which she won
the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award) and A
Map of the World demonstrate
Hamilton's ability to examine the subtle nuances of family dynamics
in the face of tragedy, misfortune and dysfunction.
Raised and educated in Madison
Maraniss was born in Detroit, Michigan but moved to Madison when
he was eight. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and began
his journalism career with the Washington Post in 1977. He
received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1993 and the
Frankfurt Prize in 1997 for When
Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi.
His non-fiction books range from compelling biographies of larger-than-life
figures to in-depth examinations of major events in American history.
Koethe (1945- )
Professor of Philosophy at UW-Milwaukee
Born in San Diego, California, Koethe was educated at Princeton and Harvard Universities.
He is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Blue
Late Wisconsin Spring,” “The
Constructor,” and “North
Point North: New and Selected Poems.” His 1973 book of poems, “Domes,” won
the 1973 Frank O’Hara Award for Poetry, and his 1997 collection, “Falling
Water,” received the 1998 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In 2000, John
Koethe was named Milwaukee’s first poet laureate.
Raised in Whitewater
Graduating with a major in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Ambrose earned his master's degree from Louisiana State University, and returned
to the University of Wisconsin to begin work on his Ph.D. in history. Some of
his best sellers include: "Undaunted
Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American
of Brothers," "D-Day
June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II," and most recently, "Wild
Taught in Madison
Cassidy was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He earned his bachelor's and master's
degrees at Oberlin College and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. From
1939-1979, Cassidy taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where his courses
included Beowulf, Old English, Old English Poetry, Middle English, and the history
of the English language. He authored numerous published works, but will be best
remembered as the chief editor of "The
Dictionary of American Regional English," a massive compilation of slang,
regionalisms, and folk language.
Paul Prucha, S.J. (1921- )
Born in River Falls
A Jesuit priest, Prucha is a professor of history
at Marquette University, where he has taught since 1960. In his many
writings he explores the complex and sometimes tempestuous relations
of the American Indians with the dominant white society.
Jackson Turner (1861-1932)
Born in Portage
A graduate from the State University (Wisconsin) in 1884, Turner became
a professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he drew the inspiration
for his essay "The
Significance of the Frontier in American History" which addresses
American territorial expansion and its impact on the growth of democracy.
An author of numerous books, his name is synonymous with the western
Born in Milwaukee
As Milwaukees local historian and author of "The
Making of Milwaukee
," Gurda has chronicled the histories
of Milwaukee area neighborhoods, churches and industries. A graduate
of Boston College and holding a masters degree from the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he is also a photographer, lecturer and local
history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Born in Beaver Dam, resides in Milwaukee
The talented author and illustrator of over 30 books for young children,
Ehlert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the
Layton School of Art. Her simple and fun concept books abound with brightly
colored collages of tone and texture. She received a Caldecott Honor
Zoo" and has delighted children with her colorful creatures
for Lunch," and "Cuckoo:
A Mexican Folktale" among others.
Born and raised in Milwaukee
The beloved children's author wrote 60 books in her lifetime. Educated
at Riverside High School and Milwaukee State Teachers College (UW-Milwaukee),
she found an enthusiastic audience of young readers for her books about
animals, especially horses. Awarded many honors in her lifetime, she
won the 1949 Newbery medal for "King
of the Wind." Her best-known book, "Misty
of Chincoteague," and the popular "Justin
Morgan Had a Horse" and "Brighty
of the Grand Canyon" were made into films.
Life-long resident of
Wisconsins most prolific writer, Derleth published more than 150
books ranging from historical novels and poetry to themes of the macabre.
Hills Stand Watch" describes political Wisconsin as it emerged
from a territory to a state.
August Derleth Society
Childhood home in Appleton
Once a reporter for the "Milwaukee Journal," Ferbers
Peculiar Treasure" describes her early impressions of Appleton.
She wrote several best-selling novels including "Giant"
Boat," and won a Pulitzer Prize for "So
Born in Portage
Edna Ferber recalls being in awe of this "real" writer
who visited the "Milwaukee Journal" while she was a reporter.
Gale also wrote for the "Milwaukee Journal" but is best
known for her novels, plays and short stories which reflect her passion
for politics, pacifism, education, social reform and feminism She
received a Pulitzer Prize for her play "Miss
Born in West Salem
A novelist and essayist, his work "A
Son of the Middle Border" and Pulitzer Prize-winning "A
Daughter of the Middle Border" portray the harsh life on
the prairies of rural Wisconsin.
Lived and worked in Madison
Leopold was a pioneer ecologist whose concept of wilderness preservation
is outlined in "A
Sand County Almanac." This collection of essays uses spare,
eloquent prose to champion the need for an environmental code of behavior
Boyhood home in rural Montello
Born in Scotland, Muir came to Wisconsin in 1849. "The
Story of My Boyhood and Youth" describes his early years
in rural Montello. Naturalist, inventor, writer and conservationist,
Muir is recognized as the father of the national park system and founder
of the Sierra Club.
Born in Fort Atkinson, lived on Blackhawk Island
Niedecker is a poet of a single location, the area around Blackhawk
Island. "I spent my childhood outdoors - red-winged blackbirds,
willows, maples, boats, fishing..." wrote Niedecker. She worked
for a time as a library assistant in the Dwight Foster Public Library.
Her works include "New Goose,"
"My Friend Tree" and "My Life By Water."
Born in Edgerton
Life on a farm near Edgerton became the setting for Norths
Wolfling" and "Morning in the Land." A reporter,
literary editor and publisher of North Star Books, Sterling North
is best known for his exploits with his pet raccoon which he chronicled
in the novel "Rascal,"
later made into a Disney film.
Born in Milwaukee
Ellen Raskin received an art degree from UW-Madison and established
a New York career in freelance commercial art, as well as writing
and illustrating childrens books. In 1966 Raskin wrote "Nothing
Ever Happens on My Block," which was named one of the 10
best illustrated childrens books of the year by the New York
Times. She received the Newbery Medal and Banta Award for "The
Westing Game" which is set in Sheboygan.
Lived in Milwaukee as a journalist
Poet, historian, novelist and biographer, Carl Sandburg lived
in Wisconsin from 1907 to 1912. He worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee
Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel. He later became best known for his
biographies of Lincoln, winning a Pulitzer Prize for history for "Abraham
Lincoln: The War Years" and for poetry with "Collected
Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
Born in Pepin
The famous author of the "Little House" books was born
in Pepin, Wisconsin in 1867. The series of family stories describing
both the joys and hardships of life on the frontier began with "Little
House in the Big Woods." This first book describes Wilders
years in Wisconsin living in a log cabin with her family. The "Little
House" books inspired the long-running television series "Little
House on the Prairie."
Born in Madison
Playwright and novelist, Wilder grew up in Madison and spent his
first nine years investigating the citys library, lakes, and
the newspaper office. In 1928 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction
Bridge of San Luis Rey." His popular play "The
Matchmaker" was made into the musical "Hello Dolly!"
and he won Pulitzer Prizes for both "Our
Town" and "The
Skin of Our Teeth." In 1974 he received the first Banta Award
for his novel "Theophilus