Caroline Fraser at the American Writer's Museum December 6th 5:30 pm

Caroline Fraser Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

American Writer’s Museum, 800 N. Michigan Avenue, Second Floor at 5:30pm

This engrossing biography from Fraser makes clear the place held by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie novels.  The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading―and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.

Reader’s Hall. General public.
We will be on hand to sell books before and after the event.

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