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Auburn in DeKalb County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

William Jacob Cuppy

1884-1949

 
 
William Jacob Cuppy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kern Butler
1. William Jacob Cuppy Marker
Inscription.  
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.

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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. 1950)
 
Erected 2019 by Indiana Historical Bureau. (Marker Number 17.2019.1.)
 
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.
 
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41° 21.892′ N, 85° 3.431′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Jackson Street north of West Eleventh Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 South Jackson Street, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downtown Auburn Historic District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); DeKalb County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Downtown Auburn Historic District (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Downtown Auburn Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Downtown Auburn Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named DeKalb County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Site Of Wesley Park's Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Gordon Buehrig (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Additional commentary.
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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.
    — Submitted September 21, 2019, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana.
William Jacob Cuppy Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kern Butler
2. William Jacob Cuppy Marker Reverse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2024. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2019, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on January 1, 2024, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. Photos:   1. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana.   2. submitted on September 21, 2019, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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