Prairie Fires

Prairie Fires

The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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"Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls--the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser--the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series--masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books"--
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627792769
1627792767
Branch Call Number: 813.52 Wilder
813.52 Wilder
813.5200
PS3545.I342 Z6455 2017
Characteristics: xii, 625 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Apr 04, 2018

A different biography than I’d expected. My interest in protagonist Laura Wilder was overpowered by her daughter Rose who was, like eye floaters, to dazzle and disturb.
Trying to shake off ridiculing the lady writers, I don’t feel cheated for being viscerally touched at certain points, my mind can focus on the landscape (nature, human, culture, economics, politics, literature) that the book masterfully paints.

Nevertheless it’s the most important (crushed my kaleidoscopic imagery of a romanticized pioneer life) and objective (journalism, political & economic movements involving many figures known and yet known to me) book I’ve read on frontiers lives.

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