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Miller, John E., 1945-
Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder : the woman behind the legend / John E. Miller
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1998
book jacket
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 SOE Curriuclum Lab, Rm 267  CL B WILDER    AVAILABLE
Subject Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
Subject(s) Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Women pioneers -- United States -- Biography
Frontier and pioneer life -- Missouri
Subject Missouri -- Biography
Physical Description xii, 306 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 264-289) and index
Contents Pioneer girl, 1867-1879 -- Schoolgirl and courting days, 1879-1885 -- The joys and sorrows of early married life, 1885-1894 -- In the land of the big red apple, 1894-1911 -- Building a writing career, 1911-1923 -- Turning to autobiography, 1923-1932 -- Becoming a celebrated author, 1932-1937 -- Completing the series, 1937-1943 -- Basking in the glow of her readers' affection, 1943-1957
Note Also issued online
Summary Although generations of readers of the Little House books are familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder's early life up through her first years of marriage to Almanzo Wilder, few know about her adult years. Going beyond previous studies, Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder focuses upon Wilder's years in Missouri from 1894 to 1957. Utilizing her unpublished autobiography, letters, newspaper stories, and other documentary evidence, John E. Miller fills the gaps in Wilder's autobiographical novels and describes her sixty-three years of living in Mansfield, Missouri. As a result, the process of personal development that culminated in Wilder's writing of the novels that secured her reputation as one of America's most popular children's authors becomes evident. In addition to describing Wilder's apprenticeship as a farm newspaper columnist and occasional magazine writer before she began the production of her novels, Miller discusses Wilder's activities on her family's Rocky Ridge farm and as a vital citizen in Mansfield, Missouri. Playing out her many roles as wife, mother, chicken farmer, churchgoer, bridge player, seamstress, farm loan officer, and political candidate, Wilder led an active life for ninety years
Series Missouri biography series
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