- Hardcover: 317 pages
- Publisher: South Dakota Historical Society Press; annotated edition edition (May 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941813089
- ISBN-13: 978-1941813089
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder Hardcover – May 1, 2017
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About the Author
Nancy Tystad Koupal is director and editor-in-chief of the Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. She received an M.A. in English from Morehead State University in Kentucky and did postgraduate work in American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She founded the South Dakota Historical Society Press in 1997. Koupal is also the editor and annotator of Our Landlady (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996), a collection of L. Frank Baum s satirical newspaper columns.
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Avid Laura Ingalls Wilder/Little House fans may enjoy the deeper insights into the times and circumstances of the beloved author, but casual fans may find its tone too scholarly and a bit grim.
Those who know much about the real Laura (as opposed to the character in the books or TV show) will likely not learn much new; we’ve known how the Little House books were fictionalized for some time. What this book provides is glimpses as to why. Thus, we read about the rise of “yellow journalism” just when Lane was cutting her reporting/writing teeth, and how she then conveyed her understanding of truth vs. facts to her mother, and why the fictional Pa would say that no daughter of his would work in a hotel, when in actuality the entire family, including Laura and Mary, did.
If you would enjoy an analysis of the Little House books and how they came to be, Pioneer Girl Perspectives is for you. If you want to keep the cherished story of a happy, independent family on the prairie untarnished, you should probably skip it.
All of the writers here are top-notch, and they hold forth with not only authority, but enthusiasm and passion: they clearly relish their own discoveries and reaching out to the reader. I am grateful to have this book.
I think - incredibly, this book pretty much finalizes the Laura Ingalls Wilder saga. It hardly seems possibly that more can be discovered, said, or elucidated upon, and this is the perfect series of conclusions. Of course, this volume would not have been possible without the work of Pamela Smith Hill for being chiefly responsible for the book and research that preceded this one.
This is a staggering achievement on multiple levels.
Lastly, the heartiest thanks go to Laura herself, for providing this great country with all her stories and work.