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Wilder memoir to give gritty
view of prairie life

Associated Press, by Kevin Burbach

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/16/2014 2:05:46 PM

PIERRE, S.D.— Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children´s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Prairie Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder´s unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/16/2014 2:33:25 PM     (No. 9968379)

I read the entire series to my youngest daughter. She LOVED them. They are wonderful.

And, next time you get worried about Global Warming - read The Long Cold Winter.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 8/16/2014 2:40:58 PM     (No. 9968382)

My favorite series of children´s books. Lois Lenski´s books and Beverly Cleary´s books are also good, but I can re-read the Little House books over and over. My mother was sick in the early 70s and had to be hospitalized and she had been reading the series to me each night before bed. My dad took over for her those weeks she was gone and it was "Farmer Boy". He fell in love too. He had grown up a farmer boy himself. Good memories.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Penney, 8/16/2014 2:50:30 PM     (No. 9968389)

We loved the family TV series as well! ...´´Road To Avonlea,´´ is another fine family TV series. Unlike most current TV shows, both of those series were inspiring, fun and entertaining.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thewarden, 8/16/2014 3:01:59 PM     (No. 9968396)

Read them over and over during my childhood in the early 70s. I recently bought the whole set again in hardcover. Wonderful stories. I am interested in the autobiography.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/16/2014 3:06:42 PM     (No. 9968399)

Thanks for posting. I´ll look for the book when it comes out.

I always suspected there was a much more interesting story to be told.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 8/16/2014 3:11:53 PM     (No. 9968406)

I read the first book in school and of course, watched the television series, which of course, took its own liberties.

Whether you draw from your memories of the book, or the TV show, neither are likely to reflect the real picture. To me, "Pa Ingalls" was a self-absorbed jerk with "wanderlust" as his daughter put it. No, it was one thing to subject your kids to possible death and disease by moving west into dangerous territory, that was part of the pioneering spirit. However, this guy did it again and again; I understand he failed as a farmer, failed at a lot of things, so he again and again exposed his family to hardship and poverty. But when he was older he DID build a pretty nice house, for himself.

Not at all like the Michael Landon series, which spent many times more years in the"prairie" than the real Ingalls did.

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