Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie booksOne of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the YearMillions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near starvation on the Great Plains and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books But the true saga of her life has never been fully told Now drawing on unpublished manuscripts letters diaries and land and financial records Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography Revealing the grown up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter Rose Wilder Lane setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the booksThe Little House books for all the hardships they describe are paeans to the pioneer spirit portraying it as triumphant against all odds But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that a story of relentless struggle rootlessness and poverty It was only in her sixties after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression that she turned to children’s books recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading—and achieving fame and fortune in the process in one of the most astonishing rags to riches episodes in American lettersSpanning nearly a century of epochal change from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl Wilder’s dramatic life provides a uniue perspective on American history and our national mythology of self reliance With fresh insights and new discoveries Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder


About the Author: Caroline Fraser

Caroline Fraser was born in Seattle and holds a PhD from Harvard University in English and American literature Formerly on the editorial staff of The New Yorker she is the author of two nonfiction books God's Perfect Child Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church and Rewilding the World Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution both published by Henry Holt's Metropolitan Books S



10 thoughts on “Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

  1. says:

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST


  2. says:

    Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication‘All that I have told is true but it is not the whole truth’This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ‘The Little House on Prairie’ fame To say this book on Wilder's life is comprehensive would be an understatement Caroline Fraser paints a vivid portrait of the beloved author but


  3. says:

    “If Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life was triumphantit was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing She wrote no laws led no one into battle waged no campaigns If we listen to her we can hear what she was telling us Life in frontier times was a perpetual hard winter There was joybut it was fleeting There was heroism but it was the heroism of daily perseverance the unprized tenacity of unending labor It was the


  4. says:

    At 515 pages Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time but I found myself and enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books Fraser is a prodigious researcher but never pedantic or trite She writes as Wilder did with the directness and honesty true to her subject The most riveting part of the book for me was Wi


  5. says:

    Spring is my favorite season It is a time of rebirth the new baseball season and the Pulitzer announcement While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation It is an ongoing open ended goal of mine to read as many Pulitzer winners as possible over the course of my lifetime Whether I enjoy the content or not the books are usually well written and a joy to read This year


  6. says:

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programWhen I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield Missouri last year it felt like a pilgrimage to me Seeing Pa's fiddle walking where Laura walked was a soul deep experience for me Her Little House books had a major impact on my life and making me the author I am todayI have read several biographies of Wilder over the past two years including the annota


  7. says:

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet if I have to read any about Rose I will poke my eyes out I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking buying and remodeling houses


  8. says:

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder author of the Little House series of books My description is a bit differentThis Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biographies of; 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder 2 her daughter Rose Wilder Lane and 3 the Little House books themselves which seem to have a continuing life of their own by turning into


  9. says:

    Prairie Fires is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017 It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains Homesteaders Indians Wolves Railroads Market crashes Drought Tornadoes Blizzards And of course devastating all consuming fires I grew up reading the Little House books about Laura Ingalls and like millions of children I loved them Being a child of the 80s I a


  10. says:

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am Well researched intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls Laura Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew up BUT this book also made the real characters uite unlikeable I realize the true story behind the Little House books was a lot stark harsh and depressing than the picture Wilde


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