The Little House on the Prairie series of novels depicts a loving 19th-century American pioneer family whose members remains stalwart and hopeful in the face of unrelenting hardship. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books became children’s classics and a well-regarded television series. Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane asserted the truthfulness of every detail, but biographer and historian Caroline Fraser uncovers a different story. Fraser recounts the history of a woman and her family set against the backdrop of America’s westward growth and the myth of stoic, self-reliant pioneers. Fraser shows how Wilder’s daughter used these tales for her own purposes. Wilder fans and scholars will care about setting the editorial record straight and learning more about the family, but getAbstract also recommends this remarkable Pulitzer Prize–winning biography to historians of the American West and to those interested in Lane’s contribution to libertarianism.
About the Author
Caroline Fraser, the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series, also wrote Rewilding the World and God’s Perfect Child.