I remember well our teacher reading to us fifth graders the novels of Laura Ingalls Wilders, which were based on the author’s childhood on the American frontier. Her descriptions in The Long Winter of the blizzards, the isolation, and Pa surviving in a snow bank by eating oyster crackers still come to my mind whenever there’s a heavy snow. The series of novels on her family’s moves all over the West are classics of children’s literature and masterful works of art by any standard.
Her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, which tells about the actual experiences that the novels were based on, was published a few years ago. In November, it is coming out in an annotated edition, which will spell out all of the connections to the novels, as well as specifying the differences between the novels and the reality. The edition will also include a wealth of pictures and unpublished material from her diaries and notebooks. [Read more…]