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The Resource Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser

Label
Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Title
Prairie fires
Title remainder
the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Statement of responsibility
Caroline Fraser
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Millions 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 Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser--the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House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 books. The 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 letters. Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder's dramatic life provides a unique 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. -- from dust jacket
Summary
A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder's official story, sharing lesser-known details about her pioneer experiences while challenging popular misconceptions about how her books were ghostwritten. Illustrations.
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2017.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, 2017.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 2018.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10600544
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fraser, Caroline
Dewey number
813/.52
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3545.I342
LC item number
Z6455 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls
  • Lane, Rose Wilder
  • Authors, American
  • Women pioneers
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Summary expansion
ATLAS
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Label
Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [517]-602) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: The pioneer -- Maiden rock -- Indian summers -- Crying hard times -- God hates a coward -- Don't leave the farm, boys -- Part II: The exile -- A world made -- As a farm woman thinks -- The absent ones -- Pioneer girl -- Part III: The dream -- A ruined country -- Dusty old dust -- We are all here -- Sunshine and shadow -- There is gold in the farm
Control code
21105868
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 625 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781627792769
Lccn
2017028870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781627792769
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)967973350
Label
Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [517]-602) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: The pioneer -- Maiden rock -- Indian summers -- Crying hard times -- God hates a coward -- Don't leave the farm, boys -- Part II: The exile -- A world made -- As a farm woman thinks -- The absent ones -- Pioneer girl -- Part III: The dream -- A ruined country -- Dusty old dust -- We are all here -- Sunshine and shadow -- There is gold in the farm
Control code
21105868
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 625 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781627792769
Lccn
2017028870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781627792769
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)967973350

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