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Laura Ingalls Wilder

American Writer on the Prairie

By Sallie Ketcham

Routledge – 2014 – 176 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 19th-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Placing Wilder’s life and work in historical context, and including previously unpublished material from the Wilder archives, Sallie Ketcham introduces students to domestic frontier life, the conflict between Native Americans and infringing white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.

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