William Jacob Cuppy
Humorist, author, and critic Will Cuppy was born here. He graduated from the University of Chicago, where he published his first book in 1910. He moved to New York City ca. 1914 and become a book reviewer at the New York Herald Tribune. He lived in isolation on Jones' Island for eight years before gaining recognition with the publication of How to Be a Hermit in 1929.
Cuppy satirized human fallibility
through nature and history works, such
as How to Become Extinct (1941) and The
Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
(1950). He wrote eight books, close to
4,000 book reviews, and scientific
articles infused with his unique dark
humor for national publications like the
Saturday Evening Post. He is buried in
nearby Evergreen Cemetery.
Erected 2019 by Indiana Historical Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeKalb County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site Of Wesley Park's Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Auburn Automobile Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); "It All Started Here" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Creek Chub Bait Company (approx. 4.2 miles away); Memorial To Jacob And Sarah Ober Brechbill (approx. 5.1 miles away); G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Installed 2019 Indiana Historical Bureau, Auburn Lions Club, Carbaugh Jewelers,
Auburn Arts Commission, The City of Auburn, and councilman Mike Walters,
with support from the Community.
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