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Laura  Ingalls  Wilder
[1867-1957]

young adult Laura Ingalls Wilder wearing a black dress               short profile

primary works

other works

before & after

movies, plays, other media

works about
Laura Ingalls Wilder

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              older Laura Ingalls Wilder, wearing a white dress


“The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.”

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have;
to be happy with simple pleasures; and [to] have courage when things go wrong.”

“Home is the nicest word there is.”

“There's no great loss without some small gain.” – in "Little House On The Prairie"

“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”

“We'd never get anything fixed to suit us if we waited for things to suit us before we started.”
– in "By The Shores of Silver Lake"

“The fact is that while there has been a good deal of discussion for and against women in business,
farm women have always been business women, and I have never heard a protest.”

signature of Laura Ingalls Wilder


          B I O
          t e x t
          h e r e

She worked as a seamstress until she received her teaching certificate in December 1882. Laura's first teaching job was in a small settlement 12 miles from De Smet. Her future husband, Almanzo James Wilder, drove her home through Dakota blizzards to her family on the weekends. Laura and Almanzo married on August 25, 1885. all except "Farmer Boy" (1933) were Newberry Honor books. In 1954 the American Library Association established the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award of which Laura was the first recipient.

Laura Ingalls Wilder entry at Wikipedia
browse the Laura Ingalls Wilder Store at Amazon
Laura Ingalls Wilder credits [1966-2005] at Internet Movie Database
browse Laura Ingalls Wilder DVDs & videos at Amazon



'The Little House on the Prairie'  Books
list of L.H.O.T.P. books at Wikipedia
Like with a lot of things, controversy has arisen here; some readers of the original/older editions treasure the black-and-white sketches
by author Wilder and do not appreciate the 1950s full-color artwork by illustrator Garth Williams [1912-96].

Little House Nine-Book Box Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder  "Little House Nine-Book Sets by Laura Ingalls Wilder" [ages 7-12]
{new} Illustrations by Garth Williams

HarperTrophy 8x5¼x6¾W pb box set [5/94] for $35.58
HarperCollins 8x5¼x4¼W pb box set [10/2004] for $33.28
Scholastic Inc. 10½x7½ not-in-box pb set [2011] out of print/used

Library of America Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie books  "Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House Books" [ages 7-12; 2012]
Volume 1 Edited by Caroline Fraser

Library of America 8x5 hardcover [8/2012] for $26.77
includes "Little House In The Big Woods" [1932], "Farmer Boy" [1933], "Little House On The Prairie" [1935], and "On The Banks of Plum Creek" [1937]
Volume 2 Edited by Caroline Fraser
Library of America 8x5 hardcover [8/2012] for $27.88
includes "By The Shores of Silver Lake" [1939], "The Long Winter" [1940], "Little Town On The Prairie" [1941], "These Happy Golden Years" [1943], and "The First Four Years" [1971]
"The Little House Books Collection" [2012]
Library of America slipcover 8½x5½ hardcover set [8/2012] 2 volumes for $50.03

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"Little House In The Big Woods" [#1 = 1932]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_in_the_Big_Woods


"Farmer Boy" [#2 = 1933]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmer_Boy


PURPLE CHECK: listed on Amazon Editors '100  Children's Books To Read In A Lifetime' in August 2014  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  "Little House On The Prairie" [#3 = 1935]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_(novel)


"On The Banks of Plum Creek" [#4 = 1937]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Banks_of_Plum_Creek


"By The Shores of Silver Lake" [#5 = 1939]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_the_Shores_of_Silver_Lake


"The Long Winter" [#6 = 1940]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Winter_(novel)


"Little Town On The Prairie" [#7 = 1941]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Town_on_the_Prairie


"These Happy Golden Years" [#8 = 1943]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/These_Happy_Golden_Years


"The First Four Years" [#9 = 1971]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Four_Years_(novel)

Little House Omnibus book by Laura Ingalls Wilder  "Little House Omnibus" [1978] by Laura Ingalls Wilder
contains "Little House In The Big Woods", "Little House On The Prairie",
and "On The Banks of Plum Creek"
Methuen Young Books (import) 8½x5½ hardcover [7/78] out of print/used


Other  Works
browse the Laura Ingalls Wilder Store at Amazon

"On The Way Home: The Diary of A Trip From South Dakota To Mansfield, Missouri in 1894" [1962] by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://www.amazon.com/On-Way-Home-Mansfield-Missouri/dp/0064400808/

"West From Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco 1915" [1974] by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://www.amazon.com/West-Home-Letters-Ingalls-Francisco/dp/0064400816/ 10/1976

"A Little House Sampler: A Collection of Early Stories and Reminiscences Some Never Before Published" [8/1988]
by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Rose Wilder Lane, Edited by William T. Anderson
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Sampler-Ingalls-Wilder/dp/0060972408/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Sampler-Ingalls-Wilder/dp/0803210221/

"Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings" [8/1991]
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Ozarks-Rediscovered-Writings/dp/0840775970/

"The World of Little House" [9/1996] by Carolyn Strom Collins, Christina Wyss Eriksson, Deborah Maze & Garth Williams
http://www.amazon.com/World-Little-House-Carolyn-Collins/dp/0060244224/

"A Little House Reader: A Collection of Writings" [1/1998]
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Reader-Books/dp/006026358X/

"Old Town In The Green Groves" [2002]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Town_in_the_Green_Groves

"A Little House Traveler: Writings From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Journeys Across America" [2006] by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Traveler-Writings-Journeys/dp/0060724927/ 1/2011

"Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings From The Ozarks" [4/2008] by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Stephen W. Hines
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Farm-Journalist/dp/0826217710/

"The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder" [3/2016] by William Anderson  3/2016
http://www.amazon.com/Selected-Letters-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-ebook/dp/B00ZP5WMTW/
http://www.amazon.com/Selected-Letters-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder/dp/0062419684/


Before  &  After
From 1993 to 2005, a series of books were published about other members of the Wilder & Ingalls families: great-grandmother Martha Morse Tucker {"The Martha Years", 4 books}; grandmother Charlotte Tucker Quiner {"The Charlotte Years", 4 books}; mother Caroline Quiner Ingalls {"The Caroline Years", 7 books}; central Laura Ingalls Wilder {"The Laura Years", box set of five books}; and daughter Rose Wilder Lane {"The Rose Years", 8 books}.

From 1994 to 1998, fifteen children's picture books were published under the grouping "My First Little House Books".


Movies,  Stageplays,  Other Media
Laura Ingalls Wilder credits [1966-2005] at Internet Movie Database
browse Laura Ingalls Wilder DVDs & videos at Amazon

"Little House On The Prairie" TV pilot [NBC-TV March 1974]
'Little House On The Prairie'  TV pilot  Nine-year-old Laura and her pioneer family move from Wisconsin to Kansas and endure difficulties with weather, wildfires, hostile Indians, and other people. Co-produced & directed by Michael Landon; teleplay by Blanche Hanalis; music by David Rose; starring Michael Landon, Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, Lindsay & Sidney Greenbush {as Carrie Ingalls}, Victor French, Marian Beeler & John Steadman
60-minute Good Times Video color DVD [5/2001] out of prodn/used
95-minute imported Special Edition color DVD [4/2007] for $16.96
pilot credits at IMDbpilot entry at Wikipedia

"Little House On The Prairie" color NBC-TV series [1974-84]
series entry at Wikipedialist of LHOTP episodes at Wikipedia
early cast photo from 'Little House On The Prairie' TV series  
later cast photo from 'Little House On The Prairie' TV series  
the very popular TV series ran nine seasons (203 episodes) plus five TV-movie special programs
Exec produced by, often directed by and starring Michael Landon; music by David Rose {won Emmy}; also starring Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greenbush, Melissa Sue Anderson, Scottie MacGregor, Richard Bull, Jonathan Gilbert, Kevin Hagen, Alison Arngrim, Matthew Labyorteaux, Dabbs Greer & Dean Butler; regular actors included Victor French, Merlin Olsen, Karl Swenson, Carl Pitti & Don 'Red' Barry; guest actors included Luana Anders, Anne Archer, Lew Ayres, Hermione Baddeley, Parley Baer, Billy Barty, Richard Basehart, Ralph Bellamy, Theodore Bikel, Dirk Blocker, Ray Bolger, Sorrell Booke, Jocelyn Brando, Paul Brinegar, Red Buttons, Harry Carey Jr., Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Jeff Corey, Johnny Crawford, James Cromwell, Royal Dano, Frank DeKova, Ann Doran, Walker Edmiston, Richard Farnsworth, Louis Gossett Jr., Moses Gunn, Mariette Hartley, Eileen Heckart, John Hillerman, John Ireland, Burl Ives, Richard Jaeckel, Jack Kruschen, Charles Lane, Geoffrey Lewis, Robert Loggia, Vera Miles, Donald Moffat, Richard Mulligan, Patricia Neal, Woodrow Parfrey, Sean Penn, Nehemiah Persoff, Anne Ramsey, William Schallert, James Shigeta, James Sikking, Jan Sterling, Madeleine Stowe, Barry Sullivan, Tara the Elephant, Dub Taylor, Forrest Tucker, Lurene Tuttle, M. Emmet Walsh, Ray Walston, Harris Yulin & Anthony Zerbe
full credits at IMDb

DVD [8/00] for $0.00
VHS [8/00] for $0.00

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_1_.281974.E2.80.931975.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_2_.281975.E2.80.931976.29
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-Complete-Season/dp/B00009QG5P/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_3_.281976.E2.80.931977.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_4_.281977.E2.80.931978.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_5_.281978.E2.80.931979.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_6_.281979.E2.80.931980.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_7_.281980.E2.80.931981.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_8_.281981.E2.80.931982.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_episodes#Season_9:_.22Little_House:_A_New_Beginning.22_.281982.E2.80.931983.29
Season 9: "Little House: A New Beginning"

http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-Complete-Nine-Season/dp/B005F96UP0/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-Complete-Television/dp/B001EL6ECM/
http://www.amazon.com/Prairie-Remastered-Edition-UltraViolet-Digital/dp/B00HVFA36I/

"I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away: Part 1" 2-part TV movie [1978] /tt0633029/
"I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away: Part 2" 2-part TV movie [1978] /tt0633030/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-Waving-Special/dp/B00009QG5S/

Special #2: "The Little House Years" originally shown as a 3-hour TV movie in Nov 1979
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236433/

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part 1" TV episode [#137 Sept 1980] /tt0633037/
"Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part 2" TV episode [#138 Sept 1980] /tt0633038/
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Little-Prairie/dp/B0007Q2G40/

Special #3: "Little House: Look Back To Yesterday" shown Dec 1983
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085855/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-Yesterday-Children/dp/B000GIXCFQ/

Special #4: "Little House: Bless All The Dear Children" filmed in 1983, aired Dec 1984
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087630/

Special #5: "Little House: The Last Farewell" shown Feb 1984
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087631/

"LHOTP Special Collectors Edition"
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-Yesterday-Children/dp/B000GIXCFQ/


promo for release of 'LHOTP' Season 1 on digitally-remastered DVD & Blu-ray
watch 2/2014 promo online [1:42] at YouTube

"Little House On The Prairie Reunion" segment of The Today Show [30 April 2014]
watch segment online [9:41] at YouTube


"The Way I See It: A Look Back At My Life On Little House" [5/2010] by Melissa Anderson
http://www.amazon.com/Way-See-Look-Little-House-ebook/dp/B00MJD6GZY/ [3/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Way-See-Look-Little-House/dp/0762770503/ [3/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Way-See-Look-Little-House/dp/0762759704/

"Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned To Love Being Hated" [6/2010] by Alison Arngrim
http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Prairie-Bitch-Survived-Learned-ebook/dp/B003L77ZVQ/
http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Prairie-Bitch-Survived-Learned/dp/0061962155/
http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Prairie-Bitch-Survived-Learned/dp/0061962147/

"Laura, The Prairie Girl" ("Sôgen no Shôjô Laura")
cartoon/animé TV series [Japan 1975-76]
'Laura The Prairie Girl' Japanese animé TV series  26 color episodes of 24 minutes each from Nippon Animation; directed by
Mitsuo Ezaki & Seiji Endô; featuring the voice of Kazuko Sugiyama
Region 1 DVD not available • bare credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Beyond The Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" video [1999] /tt0171099/
starring Rob Halverson, Terra Allen, Alandra Bingham
http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Prairie-Story-Ingalls-Wilder/dp/B0042RJWRY/

"Beyond The Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" TV movie [2002] /tt0281654/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_the_Prairie:_The_True_Story_of_Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

"Little House On The Prairie" TV mini-series
[Disney/ABC-TV March 2005]
'Little House On The Prairie' Disney TV movie  Five-hour, 6-episode TV mini-series filmed in Alberta, Canada and broadcast as episodes of "The Wonderful World of Disney"; based on events in the books "Little House In The Big Woods" and "Little House On The Prairie", listed as "Little House In The Big Woods, Parts 1 & 2"; The Ingalls' Journey: Parts 1 & 2; and "Adventures On The Kansas Prairie: Parts 1 & 2"
Directed by David L. Cunningham; adapted by Katie Ford; starring Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria, Danielle Chuchran, Gregory Sporleder & Griffin Powell-Arcand
Buena Vista Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [3/2006] 2 disks for $4.96
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

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"Little House On The Prairie: A New Musical" [2008]
Little House On The Prairie musical stageplay  adapted to the stage & directed by Francesca Zambello, book by Rachel Sheinkin, original score by Rachel Portman, lyrics by Donna Di Novelli; 'Ma' portrayed by Melissa Gilbert at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey in Sept-Oct 2009stageplay entry at Wikipedia

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Life Stories of A Pioneer Girl"
TV special [Ozarks PBS 2009?]
'Laura Ingalls Wilder Life Stories of A Pioneer Girl' Ozarks PBS TV special  27-minute video created by Ozark Public Television and narrated by
award-winning actress Tess Harper
not listed on IMDb • official PBS program page
DVD available from Wilder Home & Museum in Missouri for $19.95



Works  About  Laura Ingalls Wilder

Biographical  Works

Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder biography by Donald Zochert  "Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder" [1976]
by Donald Zochert

Avon mass pb [5/77] for $5.78
Avon mass pb [3/76] out of print/used
Contemporary Books 9x6¼ hardcover [3/76] out of print/50+ used
Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder YA book by Megan Stine & Marcy Dunn Ramsey  "The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneer Girl" [ages 8-12; 1992]
by Megan Stine, Illustrated by Marcy Dunn Ramsey

Yearling 7½x5 pb [8/92] for $4.69
Gareth Stevens Publng 9¼x6½ library hardcover [7/96] out of print/used
Laura Ingalls Wilder biography by William Anderson  "Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography" [aqes 8-12; 1992]
by William Anderson

HarperCollins 7½x5¼ pb [1/2007] for $5.47
Paw Prints 7½x5 library hardcover [6/2007] for $15.42
HarperCollins 8x5¾ hardcover [10/92] out of print/used
I Remember Laura book edited by Stephen W. Hines  "I Remember Laura: Laura Ingalls Wilder" [1994]
Edited by Stephen W. Hines

Thomas Nelson, Inc. 9¾x8 hardcover [9/94] out of print/150+ used

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: Storyteller of The Prairie" [12/1996] by Ginger Wadsworth
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Storyteller-Biographies/dp/0822549506/

Pioneer Girl - Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder book by William Anderson  "Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" [ages 6-10; 1998]
by William Anderson, Illustrated by Dan Andreasen

HarperCollins 11x8½ pb [2/2000] for $5.47
HarperCollins 11¼x9 library hardcover [2/98] out of print/used

"Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind The Legend" [5/98] by John E. Miller
http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-BIOGRAPHY-ebook/dp/B00IMMIH80/ [2006 edition]
http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-BIOGRAPHY/dp/082621648X/
http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-BIOGRAPHY/dp/0826211674/ [5/1998]

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life" [9/2007] by Pamela Smith Hill
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Writers-Biography/dp/097779556X/

"Nellie Oleson Meets Laura Ingalls" [9/2007] by Heather Williams

"Mary Ingalls On Her Own" [12/2007] by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Photographic Story of A Life" [3/2009] by Tanya Lee Stone
http://www.amazon.com/DK-Biography-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder/dp/0756645085/
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Tanya-Stone/dp/1442000163/

A Wilder Rose book by Susan Wittig Albert  "A Wilder Rose" [2013] by Susan Wittig Albert
World-traveling journalist & magazine writer Rose Wilder Lane returned in 1928 to the Missouri farm where she was raised; her parents were 61 and 71, so Rose decided to stay and take care of them. But the Stock Market Crash of late 1929 changed things, their investments disappeared into thin air, as it did for so many during the Great Depression. Her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, decided to write down stories from her life on the American prairie in the 1870s and since, to perhaps publish a book, and Laura asked Rose for help with the editing. Many versions exist of the relationship between Rose and Laura during the creation of the beloved Little House books, and this book is an attempt to get past the tales and conjecture and reveal the reality.
Kindle Edition from Persevero Press [8/2013] 99¢ {sic}
Kindle Edition from Lake Union Publng [DUE March 2015] pre-order for $3.99 {sic}
Persevero Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2013] for $13.20
Persevero Press 8½x5½ hardcover [9/2013] for $22.49
Little Author in the Big Woods biography by Yona Zeldis McDonough & Jennifer Thermes  
"Little Author In The Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder" [ages 8-12; 2014]
by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

Kindle Edition from Henry Holt/Macmillan [9/2014] for $8.89
Henry Holt & Co. 9x5½ hardcover [9/2014] for $12.23
Pioneer Girl Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Pamela Smith Hill  "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" [2014]
by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edited by Pamela Smith Hill and others

South Dakota State Historical Society 10x9¾ hardcover [11/2014] for $31.25
South Dakota State Historical Society 10¼x9 hardcover [1/2015] out of print/many used


Locations  &  Timeline

Visiting The Homesites of Laura Ingalls Wilder video  "Visiting The Homesites of Laura Ingalls Wilder" on DVD [indep]
23-minute color DVD with footage of eight L.H.O.T.P. sites: Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa; Iowa Braille & Sightsaving School in Vinton, Iowa; Herbert Hoover Library & Museum in West Branch, Iowa; replica cabin in Independence, KS; Church Museum in Spring Valley, MN; dugout site in Walnut Grove, MN; Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, MO; Wilder Farm in Malone/Burke, NY; Surveyor's House in De Smet, South Dakota; and Little House Wayside replica cabin in Pepin, WI
self-made color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
also available at the Little House Site Tours [est. 2000] website for $14.99 (U.S. shipping included)
World of Laura Ingalls Wilder book by Marta McDowell  "The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired The Little  9/2017
House
Books" [2017] by Marta McDowell

Kindle Edition from Timber Press [9/2017] for $13.17
Timber Press 9x7¼ hardcover [9/2017] for $19.00

Laura Ingalls was born in a log cabin in Pepin County, Wisconsin in 1867, which is commemorated by a birth site replica structure, The Little House Wayside. The Ingalls family lived in Kansas from 1869 to 1871, then moved back to Pepin in 1871, staying until 1874. They moved several times from 1874 to 1879: to Minnesota, to Iowa, back to Minnesota, then to De Smet, Dakota Territory; the Ingalls lived in the De Smet surveyor's house during the harsh winter of 1879–1880.

Laura and bachelor neighbor Almanzo James Wilder married on 25 August 1885; daughter Rose was born in De Smet in December 1886; the family of three lived in Spring Valley, Minnesota (circa 1890) with Almanzo's parents, then in Westville, Florida (circa 1892); they tired of the Southern weather and soon moved back to De Smet, and finally trekked by wagon to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894. The Wilders had enough money saved up for a down payment on land just outside of town, naming it Rocky Ridge Farm;
Laura lived there for the next 60-plus years (Almanzo died in 1949, Laura died in 1957).

Daughter Rose Wilder Lane worked and wrote while traveling around the world from about 1904 to 1928; she returned to Rocky Ridge Farm and helped her mother
write the early 'Little House' books; Rose stayed until 1936, when she moved permanently to Danbury, Connecticut.


Other  Works

The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker & Garth Williams  "The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories" [ages 8 & up; 1979] by Barbara M. Walker, Illustrated by Garth Williams
HarperCollins 9x7 pb [9/89] for $8.56
Harper & Row 9x7 hardcover [9/79] for $14.56
HarperCollins Childrens Books 9x7 hardcover [10/95] out of print/used

"Laura Ingalls Wilder Country: The People and Places in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Life and Books" [2/1991]
by William Anderson, Photographs by Leslie A. Kelly
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Country-Wilders/dp/0060973463/
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Country-Wilders/dp/0060552948/

Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook edited by historian William Anderson  "The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook" [ages 10 & up; 1995]
Edited by historian William T. Anderson, new color photographs by Leslie Kelly

An original collection of 73 recipes from Laura's personal records at Rocky Ridge Farm, updated for the modern kitchen
Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Assn. 10x7¾ pb [2003] out of print/used
HarperCollins/Trophy Press 10x8½ pb [10/97] out of print/used
HarperCollins Publrs 10½x8¼ hardcover [4/95] out of print/40+ used

"My Little House Crafts Book: 18 Projects from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Stories" [3/1998]
by Carolyn Strom Collins, Illustrated by Mary Collier
http://www.amazon.com/My-Little-House-Crafts-Book/dp/0064462048/

"Laura's Album" [Harper Collins, 1998] by William Anderson
http://www.amazon.com/Lauras-Album-Remembrance-Scrapbook-Ingalls/dp/0060278420/

Laura Ingalls Wilder Coloring Book by Cheryl Harness  "Laura Ingalls Wilder Coloring Book" [undated]
by Cheryl Harness, Foreword by William Anderson

twenty-five 11"x8½" line drawings ready to be colored in
not available at Amazon or B&N (2014)
available at author's website for $6.97 (plus s/h)

"The Little House Guidebook" [4/2002]
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Guidebook-William-Anderson/dp/0061255122/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Guidebook-William-Anderson/dp/0064461777/

"Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life" [10/2005] by Janet Benge & Geoff Benge
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Storybook-History-ebook/dp/B0085P3JU0/
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-Storybook-History/dp/1932096329/

"A Little House Traveler: Writings From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Journeys Across America" [2/2006]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_House_Traveler_(novel)
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Traveler-Writings-Journeys/dp/0060724927/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Traveler-Writings-Journeys/dp/0060724919/

"The Prairie Girl's Guide To Life: How To Sew A Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects
For The Modern Girl" [10/2007] by Jennifer Worick
http://www.amazon.com/Prairie-Girls-Guide-Life-Projects/dp/1561589861/
http://www.amazon.com/Prairie-Sampler-Projects-Jennifer-Hardcover/dp/B00DWWJJKA/

"My Life As Laura: How I Searched For Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself" [10/2011] by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson
http://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Laura-Searched-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00F0NVKYW/
http://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Laura-Searched-Ingalls/dp/1935708449/

"My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food From My Little House To Yours" [9/2014]
by Melissa Gilbert, Photographs by Dane Holweger
http://www.amazon.com/My-Prairie-Cookbook-Memories-Frontier-ebook/dp/B00KQT93ZS/
http://www.amazon.com/My-Prairie-Cookbook-Memories-Frontier/dp/1419707787/



Image  Gallery

older Laura Ingalls Wilder, wearing black dress          daughter Rose Wilder Lane [1886-1968], oval portrait          29-cent U.S.P.S. postage stamp, children's books issue of 1993          the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal [est. 1954] of the American Library Association


Family  &  Friends
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born in Wisconsin in 1867; Laura, Almanzo & Rose moved by covered wagon in 1894
to Mansfield, Missouri, where she wrote her books and lived to age 90.

'Pa' Charles Philip Ingalls [b. in New York 1/1836; d. 6/1902]
'Ma' Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls [b. 12/1839 in Wisconsin; d. 4/1924]
sister Mary Amelia Ingalls [b. at Pepin, Wisconsin 1/1865, went blind 2/1879, d. 10/1928]
sister Caroline Celestia 'Carrie' Ingalls Swanzey [b. near Independence, Kansas 8/1870, d. 6/1946]
sister Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow [b. at Burr Oak, Iowa 5/1877, d. 11/1941]

husband Almanzo Wilder [1857-1949] - married 1885, died 1949 (at age 92)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almanzo_Wilder
"Farmer Boy Goes West" [2/2012] by Heather Williams


daughter journalist & author Rose Wilder Lane [1886-1968]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Wilder_Lane
Rose Wilder Lane Collection at the Herbert Hoover Library in West Branch, Iowa
http://www.amazon.com/The-Ghost-Little-House-Biography/dp/0826208878/
http://www.amazon.com/Free-Land-Rose-Wilder-Lane/dp/0803279140/
http://www.amazon.com/Hurricane-Roar-Rose-Wilder-Lane/dp/0064401588/
http://www.amazon.com/Old-Home-Town-Bison-Book/dp/0803279175/
http://www.amazon.com/Young-Pioneers-Rose-Wilder-Lane/dp/0064406989/
http://www.amazon.com/Young-Pioneers-Linda-Purl/dp/B00DMUFWU8/
Let the Hurricane Roar (later retitled Young Pioneers)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Young_Pioneers_(TV_series)

1936 Saturday Evening Post article "Credo" (expanded as "Discovery of Freedom")

"The Discovery of Freedom: Man's Struggle Against Authority" non-fiction [1943]

"Travels With Zenobia: Paris To Albania By Model T Ford" non-fiction [events 1926, publd 1983]

"The Rose Years Little House Series" multi-part TV movie []
semi-fictional re-telling of Rose's life from the age of seven to nineteen

"The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane: Literary Journalist" [2/2007]
by Rose Wilder Lane & Amy Mattson Lauters
http://www.amazon.com/Rediscovered-Writings-Rose-Wilder-Lane/dp/0826217214/


Clare Gillette Lane [] - married Rose in San Francisco 3/1909, divorced 1918

Laura's two grandsons adopted & raised by Rose

Rose's lawyer, executor & sole heir Roger Lea MacBride [1929-95]



L i n k s
Laura Ingalls Wilder entry at Wikipedia
browse the Laura Ingalls Wilder Store at Amazon
Laura Ingalls Wilder credits [1966-2005] at Internet Movie Database
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal [est. 1954] of the American Library Association
LauraPalooza - Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference [July 2015]
HaperCollins Children official 'Little House Books' website

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association [est. 1957] of Mansfield, Missouri
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum [built 1895-1912, opened 1960] in Mansfield, Missouri
L.I.W. Home Assn. broke ground on a new $1M museum in April 2015
Mansfield [MO] Area Chamber of Commerce []

annual Wilder Day [Sept 2015] at Wilder Homes & Museum in Mansfield, MO

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days [Sept 2015 = #25] in Pepin, WI

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society [est. 1957] operates the Pepin Memorial Museum in Pepin, Wisconsin
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant & Museum in De Smet, South Dakota
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Visitors Information in Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Little House On The Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas

"L.I.W. Historic Highway [est. 1995]
mostly in Minnesota, later extended into Iowa, SD & WI

"Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl" fansite [est. 1996]
'The Cottonwood Tree' blog [est. 5/2012]



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