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Laura Ingalls Wilder

American Writer on the Prairie

By Sallie Ketcham

Routledge – 2015 – 170 pages

Series: Routledge Historical Americans

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Description

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote stories that have defined the American frontier for generations of readers. As both author and character in her own books, she became one of the most famous figures in American children’s literature. Her famous Little House on the Prairie series, based on her childhood in Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, and South Dakota, blended memoir and fiction into a vivid depiction of nineteenth-century settler life that continues to shape many Americans’ understanding of the country’s past. Poised between fiction and fact, literature and history, Wilder’s life is a fascinating window on the American West.

Placing Wilder’s life and work in historical context, and including previously unpublished material from the Wilder archives, Sallie Ketcham introduces students to domestic frontier life, the conflict between Native Americans and infringing white populations, and the West in public memory and imagination.

Reviews

"I found Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie well researched. Laura Wilder's lifelong values of honesty and hard work are evident throughout the biography. … Sallie Ketcham provides us with a fair portrayal of the Laura we all knew."

—Jean Coday, Director, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum

"Students will appreciate this straightforward and highly readable biography. It situates Wilder in the broader context of decades of dramatic changes in the West. The primary sources included with the text make it an excellent classroom resource."

—Sheila McManus, author of Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the U.S. West

"Skillfully, Ketcham provides essential historical and cultural context for "Little House" fans and newcomers to appreciate Wilder's stories of Indian removal, women's paid and unpaid labor, and the frontier's psychological and physical costs."

—Andrea R. Foroughi, author of Go If You Think it Your Duty: A Minnesota Couple’s Civil War Letters

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Chapter 1 A Home in the West: The 1860s

Chapter 2 Wandering the West: The 1870s

Chapter 3 Settling the West: The 1880s

Chapter 4 Leaving the West: The 1890s

Chapter 5 Writing the West: 1911 to 1943

Chapter 6 I Am Your Laura: 1943 and Forward

PART II: Documents

Bibliography

Index

Author Bio

Sallie Ketcham is an independent scholar and writer from Minnesota.

Name: Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Sallie Ketcham. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote stories that have defined the American frontier for generations of readers. As both author and character in her own books, she became one of the most famous figures in American children’s literature. Her famous Little...
Categories: The Gilded Age/Progressive Era, American Western History, Biography & Autobiography, Children's Literature, Modern History 1750-1945, American Studies, American & Canadian Literature, 19th Century Literature, Women's Literature, 20th Century Literature, Literary History