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Letters of a Woman Homesteader Paperback – November 13, 2013
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The letters begin in 1909, apparently right after a homestead act made it possible for the author, Elinore Pruitt Stewart, to claim a homestead of 160 acres in Wyoming. Ms. Stewart is a very resourceful woman as well as a wonderful story-teller. She explains that she never received formal education but she refers to current literature so I am guessing that she has learned to write from her interest in reading. Apparently she was a prolific author in her time and one of her descendants has published a book about her. (There are pictures of her on the web and more information if you want to know more about her.)
Elinore has a cheerful and pragmatic approach to life making her well-written letters a lot of fun to read. She mostly writes about events, usually involving meeting some of the other inhabitants of the area, ranging from mountain men to Mormons.Read more ›
By chance I noticed that one of the films on my netflix list is called Heartland. It's a movie from 1980 whose main character, Elinor, is based on these writings. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie even more after reading these letters.
If you like smart, spunky, DIY characters, you'll love Ms. Pruitt's writings.
This was recommended in one of Jessamyn West's memos. It was so interesting I could not put it down. How courageous this woman was and what a great sense of humor. If you ever thought life was too hard to move forward, just read this book and become inspired!
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It is a delightful series of adventures, and well written. It is wonderful to see what was done with "remote" challenges.Published 1 day ago by Jerry
It's amazing that after all these years since these letters were written that so many things have not changed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Catherine
Delightful book, especially for people interested in frontier life. It is also amazing how vivid the imagery is just from reading the letters and a few random drawings. Read morePublished 6 days ago by korndog
Very interesting to read ways of life unknown to our generation.Published 8 days ago by Mary B. Burger
I felt like I was there the whole way through the story I would recommend it to anyone that loves the pioneer era.Published 14 days ago by Patricia Sutter
This was a very interesting first hand account. It was easy to read and kept you wanting to hear/read more.Published 19 days ago by M.F
A seemingly familiar story written in very direct dialog. Fed my frontier soul. Great for anyone seeking a view of life on the plains and the personal strength needed to grow... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Vicki Watson