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Prairie Fires:The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of the Little House on the Prairie books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder, the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains and the woman who wrote her famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. In this first comprehensive historical biography timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Wilder's birth, Caroline Fraser draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records to fill in the gaps in her stories while setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting by her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. For fans of Sarah Miller’s recent novel, Caroline: Little House, Revisited (2017).