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Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

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    I can hardly say enough good things about this book. It's exactly the sort of Laura Ingalls Wilder biography I've been wishing for: straightforward non-fiction (footnotes and everything!) with a steady focus on Laura, giving equal weight to the true details of her life and to her writing. As an author of children's historical fiction herself, Pamela Smith Hill gives ample insight into the craft of Wilder's writing, drawing attention to a great many elements of the structure and theme of the Little House books that I'd never put together myself. Based on those observations, Hill presents a compelling case that despite being steeped in historical and autobiographical details, Wilder's books are indeed fiction -- a personal history consciously trimmed and molded to fit the form and countours of the novel. Hill also tackles the fascinating editorial partnership between Laura Ingalls Wilder and daughter Rose Wilder Lane, pointing out with concrete examples how the combination of each woman's natural strengths and gifts contributed to the overall shape and tone of Wilder's novels. Thankfully, Hill manages to keep Rose's dynamic and voilatile personality from overpowering the second half of the book, all the while giving an uncluttered assessment of Rose's role in bringing the Little House stories to print. I have no complaints about this book. Not a single one.

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

    This was an excellent book.  I was so tired of hearing people sp

    This was an excellent book.  I was so tired of hearing people speculating that Rose was the true author and Laura had little to do with 
    the writing of the LIttle House books.  This well authored book puts those rumors to rest in a straightforward manner.  It is an excellent 
    biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I highly recommend it!

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