Wilder, Laura Ingalls


Wilder, Laura Ingalls
orig. Laura Ingalls

born Feb. 7, 1867, Lake Pepin, Wis., U.S.
died Feb. 10, 1957, Mansfield, Mo.

U.S. children's author.

She led the pioneer life with her family, living in Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, where she married. With her husband she finally settled in Missouri, where she edited the Missouri Ruralist for 12 years before being encouraged by her daughter to write down her childhood memories, and the internationally popular Little House books (1932–43) were the result. They were the basis for a popular television series (1974–84).

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▪ American author
née  Laura Ingalls 
born Feb. 7, 1867, Lake Pepin, Wis., U.S.
died Feb. 10, 1957, Mansfield, Mo.
 American author of children's fiction (children's literature) based on her own youth in the American Midwest.

      Laura Ingalls grew up in a family that moved frequently from one part of the American frontier to another. Her father took the family by covered wagon to Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Indian Territory, and Dakota Territory. At age 15 she began teaching in rural schools. In 1885 she married Almanzo J. Wilder, with whom she lived from 1894 on a farm near Mansfield, Missouri. Some years later she began writing for various periodicals. She contributed to McCall's Magazine and Country Gentleman, served as poultry editor for the St. Louis Star, and for 12 years was home editor of the Missouri Ruralist.

      Prompted by her daughter, Wilder began writing down her childhood experiences. Her stories centred on the male unrest and female patience of pioneers in the mid-1800s and celebrated their peculiarly American spirit and independence. In 1932 she published Little House in the Big Woods, which was set in Wisconsin. After writing Farmer Boy (1933), a book about her husband's childhood, she published Little House on the Prairie (1935), a reminiscence of her family's stay in Indian Territory. The “Little House” books were well received by the reading public and critics alike; their warm, truthful portrayal of a life made picturesque by its very simplicity charmed generations of readers.

      Wilder continued the story of her life in On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937), By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939), The Long Winter (1940), Little Town on the Prairie (1941), and These Happy Golden Years (1943). Her books remain in print. Their popularity was boosted by the success of a television series (1974–83) based on Wilder's stories.

Additional Reading
Donald Zochert, Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1976); and Janet Spaeth, Laura Ingalls Wilder (1987), discuss her life and work. John E. Miller, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town (1994), focuses on the historical context of her work.

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