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Related Web Sites:
Zona Gale (Wisconsin Electronic Reader)

Zona Gale (1874-1938)


Read More About It

"Zona Gale" by Harold P. Simonson

"Still Small Voice: The Biography of Zona Gale" by August Derleth

"Famous Wisconsin Authors" by James Roberts


Vocabulary:

acclaimed
devote
Pulitzer Prize


Interesting Fact:

Three of Zona Gale's works were turned into movies.


Study Questions:

  • What are some of the titles of Zona Gale's novels?
  • What is the play, "Miss Lulu Bett," about?
  • Find a newspaper article that is about Gale's appointment to the UW Board of Regents.


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Zona Gale:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 26:

    1939: The first televized baseball game is broadcast. The game involves the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.



  • August 26

    August 26, 1874: Zona Gale was born in Portage on this date. She was nationally acclaimed for her articles, novels, short stories and plays. Gale began her career as a newspaper writer in Milwaukee and New York. She returned to Portage in 1905 to devote her time to writing, using Wisconsin as the background for most of her work. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for her play, "Miss Lulu Bett." Gale was a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Died December 27, 1938.


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