The reality behind Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books

Laura Ingalls Wilder at 27. (South Dakota State Historical Society Press)
In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

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In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

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In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

In summer 1930, Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote in her diary: "Working on my mothers [sic] story — stupidly, for will it come to anything?"

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Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill
South Dakota Historical Society Press: 472 pp., $39.95

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