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Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of one of America’s most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder—a treasure trove that offers new and unexpected understanding of her life and work.

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a vibrant, deeply personal portrait of this revered American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and dealings with family, friends, and fans as never before.

This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words. Gathered from museums and archives and personal collections, the letters span over sixty years of Wilder’s life, from 1894–1956 and shed new light on Wilder’s day-to-day life. Here we see her as a businesswoman and author—including her beloved Little House books, her legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, and her readers—as a wife, and as a friend. In her letters, Wilder shares her philosophies, political opinions, and reminiscences of life as a frontier child. Also included are letters to her daughter, writer Rose Wilder Lane, who filled a silent role as editor and collaborator while the famous Little House books were being written.

Wilder biographer William Anderson collected and researched references throughout these letters and the result is an invaluable historical collection, tracing Wilder’s life through the final days of covered wagon travel, her life as a farm woman, a country journalist, Depression-era author, and years of fame as the writer of the Little House books. This collection is a sequel to her beloved books, and a snapshot into twentieth-century living.

Fiction & Literature
March 8

Customer Reviews

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Marvelous !!!

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The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is the best book that I have read in several years. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that it has spoiled me for my next book. The letters range from letters to her beloved husband Manley while she was on trips with her daughter, to notes to fans wo wrote her, to letters regarding about the Little House book series, to political opinions about concerns that weighed heavily on her heart. The humble Laura underestimated her own writing ability, but anyone who reads these letters will grasp her extraordinary gift of writing. The readers of this book learn more details about events and people in the eight "Little House" books, as well as things that were not covered in the books. Mr. Anderson did a very nice job of selecting and organizing letters. He added explanatory notes, but only when necessary, primarily allowing the wonderful letters to speak for themselves. Reading these letters was like having a conversation with Laura, right there in the room with me! It is a "conversation" that I will miss!

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