At a glance:
- Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
- First Published: 1935
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Historical realism
- Time of Work: The 1870’s
- Setting: Kansas and the Dakota Territory
- Characters: Laura, Charles Ingalls (Pa), Caroline Quiner Ingalls (Ma), Mary Ingalls, Carrie, Jack, Pet, Patty
- Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism, Autobiographical fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Girls, Children, Family or family life, North America or North Americans, United States or Americans, Parents and children, Traveling or travelers, Nature, Nineteenth century, Midwest, West, U.S., Native Americans or American Indians, Kansas, Animals, Homemakers, Frontier or pioneer life
- Locales: United States, Kansas, North America, Dakota Territory
Form and Content
Laura Ingalls Wilder, one of America’s most beloved children’s authors, was sixty-five years old when her first book, Little House in the Big Woods (1932), was published. Urged by her daughter, journalist Rose Wilder Lane, to record the stories of her pioneer girlhood and motivated by her own nostalgic longings following the deaths of Caroline and Mary Ingalls in 1924 and 1928, respectively, Wilder began writing a fictionalized account of her early years in Wisconsin.
Little House in the Big Woods was an immediate success. The...
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