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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867. One hundred and fifty four years ago.
This book is the first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books.
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Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House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.
Based on her Pultizer Prize-winning biography, Fraser demonstrates how Wilder became an icon of the frontier experience and explores the harsh realities of Wilder’s life and the myths she wove about them.
Author, Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and the author of three works of nonfiction— "God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church" (Metropolitan, 1999), "Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution" (Metropolitan, 2009), and "Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder" (Metropolitan, 2017). One of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of the Year, "Prairie Fires" won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. It was also the winner of BIO International’s 2018 Plutarch Award and the finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize, given by the Columbia Journalism School. Fraser has given talks on Wilder and other topics to groups large and small, at schools, public libraries, conferences, and universities. Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard University and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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