Herbert Oswald Nicholas Kubly (April 26, 1915 – August 7, 1996) was an American author and playwright. For his first book, American in Italy, he won the 1956 U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction.
"Nick" Kubly was born and raised on a farm in the Swiss American community of New Glarus, Wisconsin. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism in 1937. His first professional work as a journalist was for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. He later wrote for the New York Herald Tribune.
In 1950 Kubly became an associate professor of speech at the University of Illinois, but he left that position to accept a Fulbright grant to Italy, where he spent 18 months in 1950–1951. He taught creative writing at San Francisco State College in the 1960s. From 1969 to 1984, he was an English professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside.
- American in Italy - 1955
- Easter in Sicily - 1956
- Varieties of Love (stories) - 1958
- Italy (Life World Library) - 1961
- The Whistling Zone (novel) - 1963
- At Large (autobiographical) - 1964
- Switzerland (Life World Library) - 1964
- Gods and Heroes - 1969
- The Duchess of Glover (novel) - 1975
- Native's Return - 1981
- The Parkside Stories - 1985
- Men to the Sea - 1944
- The story concerns the wives of five sailors, who live at a boarding house in Brooklyn, New York while their husbands are away at sea.
- Inherit the Wind, with Waldemar Hansen - 1946
- A psychological drama set in Philadelphia in 1903. A production opened in London circa 1948. (Not the play of the same name by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.)
- Punch and Judy - 1948
- About the United Nations and the possibility of world organization.
- The Cocoon - 1954
- Produced in London.
- Beautiful Dreamer - 1956
- A comedy about a striptease artist trying to escape the police.
- Virus - 1973
- Produced at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside
- Current Biography Yearbook. 1959 edition. H.W. Wilson Co., 1959.
- Contemporary Authors. Volumes 5-8, 1st revision. Gale Research, 1969.
- Who Was Who in America. Volume 12, 1996-1998. Marquis Who's Who, 1998.
- Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
- "National Book Awards – 1956". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "In the Alumni World", The Wisconsin Alumnus, November 1937, p. 84.
- "Trailing the Badgers", The Wisconsin Alumnus, February 1943, p. 176.
- Internet Broadway Database.
- "Trailing the Badgers", The Wisconsin Alumnus, June 15, 1945, p. 21.
- "Writer Kubly Dies", Wisconsin State Journal, August 9, 1996, p. 1-B.
- "With the Classes", Wisconsin Alumnus, December 1949, p. 30.
- Port of New York, passenger list of the S.S. Constitution, December 24, 1951, list 3.
- "Badger Bookshelf", Wisconsin Alumnus, April 15, 1956, p. 39.
- "Herbert Kubly Appointed English Professor at Parkside", Wisconsin Alumnus, February 1968, p. 22–23.
- Ancestry.com. Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.
- "Herb Kubly, 81; Wrote About Italy", The New York Times, August 13, 1996, p. B6.
- "Playwright Scores Again", The Wisconsin Alumnus, February 1948, p. 33.
- 1984 Notable Wisconsin Authors, Wisconsin Library Association.
- Herbert Kubly, "101 Years of Yodeling", Time.
- Herbert Kubly, "Discovering America", Wisconsin Alumnus.