Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

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by Laura Ingalls Wilder
     
 

Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west—and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction.

Hidden away since 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder's original autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated

Overview

Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west—and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction.

Hidden away since 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder's original autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world.

Wilder details the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory— sixteen years of travels, unforgettable stories, and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction. Using additional manuscripts, diaries, and letters, editor Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and explores Wilder's growth as a writer.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in. The book features over one hundred images, eight fully researched maps, and hundreds of annotations based on census data and records, newspapers of the period, and other primary documents.

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in 1929?1930 when she was in her early sixties. Throughout the 1930s and into the early 1940s, Wilder utilized her original manuscript to write a successful children's series. She died in Mansfield, Missouri, at ninety years of age on February 10, 1957.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 10 Up—Hill presents a detailed annotated version of Wilder's autobiography, written between 1929 and 1930, which served as the basis for the ever-popular and successful "Little House" books. A successful columnist and editor, Wilder chronicled 16 years of the Ingalls family's moves through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakota Territory in the late 19th century, offering vivid descriptions of the land and people as well as the ups and downs of frontier life. Though daughter Rose Wilder Lane heavily edited the manuscript, it was never accepted for publication. Wilder eventually fictionalized many of the incidents described here for her "Little House" series and strove to portray the spirit of the time and to illustrate the courage and adaptability of the people who settled the frontier. Using census data, newspapers, and other primary documents, this volume is heavily annotated and puts into perspective the original autobiography and how that manuscript evolved into the fictional stories. Though casual readers may find the information overwhelming, "Little House" devotees will appreciate Hill's thorough examination of Wilder's life and times.—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984504176
Publisher:
South Dakota State Historical Society
Publication date:
12/12/2014
Sales rank:
16,510
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Pioneer Girl : The Annotated Autobiography 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill, is a beautiful book on good quality paper. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote this autobiography of her childhood through her wedding day when she was in her 60s, many years after the events occurred. However, she wrote Pioneer Girl prior to writing her Little House books. Ms. Hill, who had already written a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, did a tremendous amount of research for this book; her annotations make up more of the textual material than the autobiography itself. Ms. Hill compares the autobiography to the fictional Little House books saying what is the same and how an event is treated differently, identifies all the people mentioned by Laura in her autobiography (or says that she is unable to identify them), compares Laura's account to actual historical events which occurred in the place being discussed and states when Laura gets an event or sequence of events incorrect, and even identifies the songs and birds, etc., mentioned by Laura. The book contains numerous illustrations – both photographs of the people and places discussed and illustrations from the Little House books. Unfortunately, Ms. Hill does not provide any family trees for the Ingalls or Wilder families, and once she has identified a person, does not identify him/her again. Even if the person is a minor character; the reader must go to the index to find the page on which the note appeared. Moreover, in her annotations, Ms. Hill refers to Laura as “Wilder” instead of Laura even though the text is about Laura before she was married. Especially since there are other Wilders in the story, this practice is cumbersome for the reader. A must read for serious fans and scholars of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pioneer Girl is brimming with information; from the original version, footnotes, maps, amd illustrations. It is a lovely piece. There is so much to absorb. There are at least two incorrectly labeled photographs in the book. Nonetheless, this a much hailed, long coveted, piece of not only western American history, but also significant Laura Ingalls Wilder information
Ann000 More than 1 year ago
Purchased 2 of this books for gifts. Both recipients have told me it's fantastic. Many photos that weren't seen before. On time delivery and excellent packaging. I'd like to add that I had pre-ordered these books from Amazon in September from Amazon and the estimated delivery was extended 3 times before I cancelled it and ordered from B&G. So glad I did otherwise I never would have gotten it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an important book for anyone who has an interest in Little House On The Prairie series or Children's literature. I have to take exception to the people on here who chose to complain about B&Ns poor customer service on filling there order. This is not the place for that. This is a book review section. If you have a complaint about B&N go on Yelp or write the main office. This gives people a negative impression of this fine work. 
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Tiamaht More than 1 year ago
I read the Little House series as a child, and my daughter did in her turn; if you are a true fan, as we are, then this is the book for you. Almost more footnotes than text, it is loaded with information about the family, but easy reading none the less. I waited for it for a long time, but it is worth the wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is must have autobiography book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I grew up her books and tv show in the 1970s. This book have so much information about each towns that the Ingalls family lived in. The editor of the book. done a good job explaining about the people in towns the family lived in. If you are a true fan, this book is a collector. This was worth the wait for over 80 years since this book was written..
Mischief_Managed More than 1 year ago
Incredibly detailed, painstakingly researched, and well organized and layed out. The cover is beautiful, the paper is a high quality, and the photos and maps all make this textbook style book very complete. I did come across a couple of errors in the annotations (the cows' name in OTBOPC is Spot!), but overall I love, love, love this book! I often found myself totally immersed in the material for HOURS at a time. I have read just about anything available regarding  LHOTP or the Ingalls and Wilder families. This is definitely one of my favorites. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book online from B&N for my wife for Christmas. Book arrived in a box that was too big with no additional packaging material. The jacket was ripped when it arrived and I'm sure was due to the poor packaging.