Our Recommended Reading for Children & Young Adults and Recommended Reading for Adults articles have been popular resources for readers interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House on the Prairie. Here is a brief overview of Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend.
Author: John Miller
Publisher: University of Missouri (January 31, 2006)
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 Utilizing her unpublished autobiography, letters, newspaper stories, and other documentary evidence, John E. Miller fills the gaps in Wilder’s autobiographical novels and describes her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.
About the Author: John Miller
John E. Miller is the author of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Town: Where History and Literature Meet (University Press of Kansas); Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend (University of Missouri Press); and Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture (University of Missouri Press). He is Professor Emeritus of History at South Dakota State University and lives in Brookings, South Dakota.
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