Laura Ingalls Wilder Additional Biography

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Born on February 7, 1867, in a log cabin at the edge of the woods near Pepin, Wisconsin, Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her childhood as part of...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Wilder’s works gave Americans firsthand knowledge of frontier family life following the Homestead Act of 1862. The Little House series covers the years 1873-1885, presenting daily life in a contented pioneer family through a fictionalized Laura Ingalls’s eyes. Wilder captures the essence of the lure of the West, the overwhelming difficulty of routine work necessary for homesteaders to thrive, the deep strength of a committed family core, the dangers and unpredictability of wild places and weather, and her boundless love of the land. Her work draws on American pastoral traditions and the habit of plain speaking. She eloquently expresses the paradox of America’s wild Eden which needs taming but is the source of restorative natural power, figuring forth its allure and the demands it made on pioneer sojourners.

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Best known for her award-winning and much-beloved “Little House” series, Laura Ingalls Wilder did not start writing these autobiographical stories based on her childhood until she was in her sixties. Born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, Wilder spent the first twelve years of her life on the move with her family via covered wagon as the American frontier expanded westward. Her books are noted for their vivid and detailed descriptions of the spartan pioneer lifestyle as well as their depiction of a close-knit family subsisting on the American frontier of the late nineteenth century.{$S[A]Ingalls Wilder, Laura;Wilder, Laura Ingalls}

When Wilder was only a year old, she moved with her parents and older sister Mary from...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

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Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was born in Wisconsin in 1867. She was the second child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls. She had three sisters as well as a brother who died in infancy. Laura’s young life was spent on America’s frontiers. Before she was thirteen her family had moved at least six times, reestablishing their home and fortunes in the states of Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota, and twice into territories: Indian Territory, which later became Kansas, and the Dakota Territory, which later became South Dakota. In many of those places, the Ingallses had to build their own home and barn and dig wells as they provided food for themselves.

In each location, the Ingalls family members depended on their wits and...

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