Letters of a Woman Homesteaderby Elinore Pruitt Stewart
First published in 1914, this remarkable first-person account gives us new insight into life on the prairie. Elinore Pruitt lost her husband in a railroad accident and went west with her two-year-old daughter to seek employment. She took what was available, cleaning homes and laundering clothes. But finally she was offered a permanent position in Wyoming with a wealthy Scottish cattleman, whom she married. From this new home, she wrote these collected letters to a former employer in Denver. Filled with warmth, wit, and memorable characters, Stewart's correspondence tells a story of hard work that leads in the end to success.
"A warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative chronicle . . . We part from this gallant woman with respect and affection." (The Wall Street Journal)
Warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative.
"Mrs. Stewart was a woman whose nineteenth-century pioneer spirit seems to have been laced with a strong dose of twentieth-century liberation. Equally impressive is her ability to characterize the people around her."—Ann Ronald, Western American Literature
"The letters show how important women were in frontier development. [Elinore Stewart's] energy, good works, sense of humor, courage, common sense, and humility win our admiration."—T. A. Larson, Wyoming Horizons Magazine
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"Full of the tang of the prairies and of a delightful personality." The New York Times
"Warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative," The Wall Street Journal
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Elinore Pruitt Stewart authored the book "Letters of a Woman Homesteader," a frontier story set in southwestern Wyoming.
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This is an interesting story about how the West was settled. Biographical writing with the flights of fancy that is allowed in writing friends letters. I shared the story with my 10 year old niece. It gave her (and frankly me too) a perspective of life before the simple features of 20th century living.