Laura Ingalls Wilder: Writing An American Story

Laura Ingalls Wilder, c. 1885

Laura Ingalls Wilder, c. 1885

Stories can be inspiration. Sometimes authors write with that intention. Other times they just write, perhaps never knowing how much their stories mean to someone. And sometimes a writer can a write the story of their life (it’s called an autobiography.) Many autobiographies of “common people” languish on the shelves of libraries. But – sometimes – an author finds a way to tell their story in a way so simple a child can understand and with such heart and inspiration that the book becomes a┬ábeloved classics.

Laura Ingalls Wilder – pioneer girl and famer’s wife – was gifted with the ability to tell the story of “simpler days” and she told the saga of her life in eight classic volumes. Her writing voice recorded and advocated for the values she believed in and had spent her life living. In every possible way, Mrs. Wilder is an American authoress; she knew the American story first hand. Continue reading