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 Wilder in the West: Eliza Jane’s Story of a Lady Homesteader.
Author: William Anderson
Publisher: Anderson Publications (April 2, 2004)
This book is a first-person account of the life of Eliza Jane Wilder, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister-in-law. Together with the biographical information, William Anderson also reprints Eliza’s own short autobiography detailing her triumphs and losses as a homesteader in the Dakota Territory.
About the Author: William Anderson
William Anderson (born 1952) is an American author, historian and lecturer. He is a specialist in the subject of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her times. His interest in the American frontier began after reading Little House on the Prairie. He is a director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, and he lives and works as a teacher in Michigan. He has received many recognitions for his writings, including the Western History Association’s Billington Award, the Robinson award of the South Dakota State Historical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities awards and National Council of Social Studies. In September 2002, he was invited to the White House for the third of Laura Bush’s American Authors Symposia.
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