My introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder was a used copy of The Long Winter when I was seven or eight years old. I immediately fell in love with the Ingalls family story of pioneer life in the late 1800s. More than 20 years later, that book is a bit more worn, and I proudly consider LIW one of my favorite authors. Like millions of fans around the world, I’ve repeatedly read all of Wilder’s Little House books and seen the TV series. So why does a story about a family traveling west in a covered wagon resonate so much nearly 60 years after Wilder’s death?
Read the full, original post on the American Writers Museum blog.
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Wow, thank you for the lowdown on Laura Ingalls Wilder. We watched the TV show growing up, but I didn’t realize that genesis for the show came from books until I was an adult. I love how her books are based on her life and that she became a writer later in life. That continues to provide inspiration for those who have great stories to tell but feel that may be “too old to start now.” Wilder shows us there is no such thing.
(Also, I tried to comment on the Museum’s site but it wouldn’t take it.)