Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie

by Website Editors | Jun 7, 2017

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Author: Sallie Ketcham
Publisher: Routledge (September 18, 2014)

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote stories that have defined the American frontier for generations of readers. As both author and character in her own books, she became one of the most famous figures in American children’s literature. Her famous Little House on the Prairie series, based on her childhood in Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, and South Dakota, blended memoir and fiction into a vivid depiction of nineteenth-century settler life that continues to shape many Americans’ understanding of the country’s past. Poised between fiction and fact, literature and history, Wilder’s life is a fascinating window on the American West. Placing Wilder’s life and work in historical context, and including previously unpublished material from the Wilder archives, Sallie Ketcham introduces students to domestic frontier life, the conflict between Native Americans and infringing white populations, and the West in public memory and imagination.

About the Author: Sallie Ketcham
Sallie Ketcham, independent scholar and writer, is an alumni of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature.

In addition to Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie, she contributed an interesting essay called “Fairy Tale, Folklore, and the Little House in the Deep Dark Woods” to Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her other published works include Bach’s Big Adventure in collaboration with Timothy Bush (Orchard Books 1999), and The Christmas Bird (Augsburg Fortress Publishers 2000).

Sallie was a former staff writer for the Minnesota Senate and currently lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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