Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Letters of a Woman Homesteader

by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

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this classic account of American frontier living captures the rambunctious spirit of a pioneer who set out in 1909 to prove that a woman could ranch. Stewart's captivating missives from her homestead in Wyoming bring to full life the beauty, isolation, and joys of working the prairie.

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ISBN-13: 9781987091373
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/24/2019
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)

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Letters of a Woman Homesteader 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MoxieMary More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that some reviewers of this book failed to recognize its simplistic brilliance. Contemporary Americans have much to learn from the grit, resourcefulness and enveloping love of these wilderness characters. Elinore and her compatriots were the original American social service network, providing food, shelter and forgiveness for all in need within their range. Her wealth lay in the natural beauty surrounding her and the love of an extended motely family. I highly recommend this book for its message and the rich prose of someone who truly understands the "Christian values" I hear we all hold so dearly.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elinore Pruitt Stewart was a strong pioneer woman, an adventurer, a loving mother, a hard worker, an imaginative problem solver and a great letter writer. She describes homesteading in Wyoming at the beginning of the 20th century in letters full of joy, love of the land, self assurance, community spirit and optimism. She thought any woman who tired of dreary, repetitive hard work in town should and could be a homesteader. She thought the work was no harder and the rewards far greater. She appeared to be a woman with no self doubt an an inspiration to us all.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! Elinore Pruitt Rupert Stewart was a prolific writer of letters. After her husband died, leaving her with a young infant, she decided to head west and see as much of the world as possible.After a bout of flu she was advised that she should travel out to Wyoming as she was supposed to fare better there. On a whim she contacted a man who was advertising for a housekeeper. She moved from Denver to Wyoming, near the Bad Land hills.This book is a collection of letters which she wrote to a dear friend and former employer in Denver. Over the course of the letters on learns bits and pieces about her life...a few secrets even. If you've never read this type of book or if you just think you might not be interested, I would still encourage you to broaden your reading horizons and read this little gem. At only 112 pages it is certainly a page-turner. I couldn't wait to see what Elinore and her gang might be upt to next. The best part is that she is quite the humorist. Not only does she find humor in many things, she is also able to convey humor through her writing. What a talent! How pleased must have been those people to whom she wrote letters! I can only imagine what a pleasure it must have been to know her. With such a bright and giving spirit, those around her must truly have been blessed. She, too, was blessed. Moving to Wyoming brought her to a land that was much less inhabited than where she had previously lived. She had to learn new ways. She also learned independence as she was also on a quest to prove her own homestead! In the course of doing that she also made many life-long friends and found that she did not have to be always so fiercely independent because she was surrounded by people who loved her and cared for her.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿To me, homesteading is the solution of all poverty¿s problems, but I realize that temperament has much to do with success in any undertaking, and persons afraid of coyotes and work and loneliness had better let ranching alone. At the same time, any woman who can stand her own company, can see the beauty of the sunset, loves growing things and is willing to put in as much time at careful labor as she does over the washtub, will certainly succeed; will have independence, plenty to eat all the time, and a home of her own in the end.¿Elinor Pruitt takes her future into her own hands and heads to Wyoming with her young daughter. While proving up her own homestead, she keeps house and cooks for the bachelor at the next homestead, in this way making an income meantime. Her letters back home to her friend are full of the beauties of her surroundings, and accounts of encounters with neighbors, Mormons, wild creatures, and weather. The saved letters cover her years in Wyoming from 1909-1913. I would love to have letters such as these in my family history. They are full of emotion and fact and held me rapt for the duration of the book. ¿Did you ever eat pork and beans heated in a frying-pan on a camp-fire for breakfast? Then if you have not, there is one delight left you. But you must be away out in Wyoming, with the morning sun just gilding the distant peaks, and your pork and beans must be out of a can, heated in a disreputable old frying-pan, served with coffee boiled in a battered old pail and drunk from a tomato-can. ¿
NancyLang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Elinore's letters and her optimitstic view of a possible brutal time. She continually challenged herself and shared her achievements in a most delightful way. I too appreciated her clear view and appreciation of the natural beauty around her and her affection for her husband.
itsJUSTme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some of it was interesting. I like historical books but I guess I don't really care for books made up just of letters. I found it harder to follow and real slow. I think if it was written in story form I would have enjoyed it more.
mldavis2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While not a novel as such, this is an interesting publication of a series of letters written by a homestead woman around 1909 in Wyoming. The letters were written to a former female employer and, apparently good friend, and chronicles her life during a short period of time and the struggles and optimism and her love of nature. No replies are recorded and the letters are written in a semi-diary format. The value of this book lies in the attitude of the writer, her self-sufficiency and her descriptions of a wide-open country life.
heylucy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A timeless collection of vignettes about life on the frontier at the turn of the century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved every page
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though this primary source format has the potential to be strikingly inspirational to a reader, the content itself was bland in terms of accomplishing the goal of the book's publication. The letters written by Elinore Stewart are nothing more than letters to a former employer, with little meaning behind them. Her admirable qualities that were intended to stand out as components of revolutionary feminism are overshadowed by the unclear and vague accounts of her every day life, each letter growing more and more opaque to the reader's understanding as the piece drags on. The book would have likely been more of a success if written as a biography, as sometimes primary sources must be sacrificed for the overall comprehension and appeal to the audience.