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Laura Ingalls Wilder is the winner of the 1954 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America's heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America's quintessential pioneer story.


YA Editor Anderson has collected a wide variety of writingfiction, essays, articles, columns, poems, drafts, unpublished manuscripts, notes, and musingsof Laura Ingalls Wilder and her journalist-novelist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Their voices inform even the best-read Wilder fans about the difficulties and adventures that balanced the joys and simple pleasures in the Ingalls and Wilder households. The women's work also paints an unsentimental portrait of frontier life in the late 19th Century. The varied purposes, audiences, styles, and formats of the selections invite study, comparison, and analysis and could serve as writing models. Anderson introduces each piece with biographical data and draws relationships to the ``Little House'' books. Alice Conlon, University of Houston

Long before she wrote the ``Little House'' books, Wilder wrote a column for the Missouri Ruralist describing her life on the frontier. These writings, and some by her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, form the basis of this collection. Anderson has arranged these items to give a chronological, biographical account of the two writers, and has supplied detailed introductions to place each item in context. As the original accounts on which the ``Little House'' books were based, these articles will be appreciated by fans as well as those interested in the settlement of the West. Recommended. Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette

In this chronological arrangement of their autobiographical writings, gathered from many sources, including newspapers, magazines and abandoned manuscripts, we view the literary careers of a mother and daughter who carried on the family tradition of storytelling. Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose prairie girlhood and travels in the Dakota Territory in the early 1880s became the foundation for nine popular Little House books and the long-running Little House on the Prairie TV series, began her professional career, at the insistence of her daughter, when she was in her 60s. Although she departed from the much-loved family farm in the Ozarks to forge a literary career in New York, daughter Rose ( Free Land , Old Home Town ) drew on her early memories as well. Laura's writings promote the virtues and happiness to be found in hard work and simple things. Rose's fiction does not evade the harsh realities of homesteading or the difficulties encountered by her undeniably happy parents. In the various genres represented herearticles and essays, stories and poemsone hears again the voices of the last pioneering families. Photos not seen by PW. (August)

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