Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane: Forty Years of Friendship, Letters, 1921-1960

by Website Editors | Jul 14, 2017

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Author: Rose Wilder Lane
Editor: William V. Holtz
Publisher: University of Missouri Press (April 1, 1991)

The correspondence of these two prominent women reveals their concerns with love, career, and marriage. Their letters tell the story of the first generation of women to come of age during the twentieth century, as they tried to cope with problems that still face women today.

About the Author: Rose Wilder Lane
Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), was a prolific fiction writer, biographer and political theorist, as well as the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of children’s books. Lane’s skillful editing and publishing connections assisted her mother in making the transition from rural Ozark journalist to world-renowned children’s author. Lane had left her parent’s impoverished Missouri farm at the age of 17 and soon began to make her mark on the world. After a stint as a Western Union telegrapher, she sold real estate in California and later began a successful career as a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin. Her 1918 divorce from Gillette Lane, after several years of separation, officially ended a relationship that had never recovered from the death of an infant son around 1910. She never remarried. After her divorce, Lane continued to carve out a successful career as a writer of novels, short stories, biographies and tales of her extensive world travels. Her work as a war correspondent dated from post-WWI Europe to a tour of Vietnam in 1965 (when she was nearly 80 years old). She was a well-known literary figure of her day. Later in life, Lane’s writing focused on her increasing political conservatism, her distaste of Communism, Socialism and any other form of government that denied the freedom of the individual. She is widely regarded as one of the leading figures behind what has grown into the American Libertarian Party. Among her many works are Free Land, Young Pioneers, Diverging Roads, and Give Me Liberty.

About the Editor: William V. Holtz
William Victor Holtz was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on April 9, 1932, and grew up in Michigan.  He was educated in Michigan and Washington, earning a BA from the University of Michigan in 1954, an MA from the University of Washington in 1955, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1965.  He is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor Emiritus in the Department of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been employed by the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Michigan.  His professional publications are many, including work on Charlotte Bronte, Dorothy Thompson, Rose Wilder Lane, Samuel Johnson, Sinclair Lewis, and others.

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