|Laura Ingalls Wilder|
Millions of readers have read -- and re-read -- the Little House on the Prairie books, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s charming, fascinating tales of her own girlhood spent in the American West. The series, which is both a document of frontier-town America in the 19th century and a beautifully told coming-of-age story, is beloved by readers everywhere for their universal truths about family, love, and endurance in the face of hardship.
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Laura Ingalls Wilder
Also Known As:
Mrs. A.J. Wilder
Date of Birth:
February 7, 1867
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
February 10, 1957
|Place of Death:
Seven-time Newbery Honor recipient; Laura Ingalls Wilder Award established by Association for Library Service to Children, 1954
Laura Ingalls Wilder's official web site
|A Little Ghost Writer?|
|Wilder's daughter, the writer Rose Wilder Lane, helped revise her mother's books; the collaboration was so extensive that biographer William V. Holtz proposed Rose was the "real" author of the Little House books. Most agree that Rose was, if not author or co-author, instrumental in suggesting the project to her mother and shaping it for publication.
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|Old Town in the Green Groves|
Devoted fans know there's a gap of two years between On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake. In Old Town in the Green Groves, children's book author Cynthia Rylant fills in the family's time in Iowa, where they help manage a hotel. Rylant, who wrote this book with the help of notes penned by Wilder, is lovingly faithful to Wilder's work.
|Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend|
John E. Miller, William E. Foley (Editor)
Miller fills the gaps in Wilder's autobiographical novels and describes her sixty-three years in Mansfield, Missouri. Using her unpublished autobiography, letters, and newspaper stories, he paints a fascinating picture of "the woman behind the legend."