Prairie Fires : The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Caroline Fraser
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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“Just as gripping as the origin of novelsAs pacy and vivid as one of the wildest own stories, this stunning biography is extremely revealing about both the Wilder and America, the founding myths of “Sunday Times “Little House” devotees will appreciate the extraordinary care and energy Fraser devotes to discovering the details of a life that has been skillfully hidden by the myth of the “New York Times Book ReviewBut the true story of his life has never been fully toldDrawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, journals and public records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills the gaps in Wilder’s, biography, discovery of the adult story behind the most beloved early childhood epic of pioneer lifeTogether against nearly a century of unimaginable change, the Homestead Act and the Indian Wars for the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, Wilder, life was full of drama and adversitySettling on the border in the middle of the earth is the rush to speculation, his family endured Biblical tribulations of locusts and drought, poverty and wanting, before she left at the age of eighteen to marry AlmanzoThis is the place where the books end, but there is so much more to say; deeply in debt after a series of personal dramas, Laura and Almanzo uprooted themselves again, crossing the country, to take small jobs to support the familyIn the Middle Ages she began to write a farm column of advice, pushed by her daughter journalist RoseAnd, at the age of sixty, fearing the loss of almost everything in the Depression, she turned to children’s books, revamping her extraordinarily difficult childhood as a triumph of homesteading vision – achieving glory and fortune in the processLaura Ingalls Wilder, life is one of the most amazing rags to wealth of stories in American literatureOffering a new vision and new discoveries
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