Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Letters of a Woman Homesteader


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Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, N. C. Wyeth

As a young widow with a small child, Elinore Pruitt left Denver in 1909 and set out for Wyoming, where she hoped to buy a ranch. Determined to prove that a lone woman could survive the hardships of homesteading, she initially worked as a housekeeper and hired hand for a neighbor — a kind but taciturn Scottish bachelor whom she eventually married.
Spring and summers were hard, she concedes, and were taken up with branding, farming, doctoring cattle, and other chores. But with the arrival of fall, Pruitt found time to take her young daughter on camping trips and serve her neighbors as midwife, doctor, teacher, Santa Claus, and friend. She provides a candid portrait of these and other experiences in twenty-six letters written to a friend back in Denver.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as "warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative," this unsurpassed classic of American frontier life — enhanced with original illustrations by N. C. Wyeth — will charm today's audience as much as it fascinated readers when it was first published in 1914.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486451428
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/30/2006
Series: Dover Books on Americana Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elinore Pruitt Stewart authored the book "Letters of a Woman Homesteader," a frontier story set in southwestern Wyoming.

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Letters of a Woman Homesteader 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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.
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.