On November 17, 2014, the South Dakota Historical Society Press began shipping Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. Since that time, enthusiastic reviews in places such asForeword Reviews, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times have helped to make the book highly in demand, and a second printing is in the works. We promise that Pioneer Girl will be in print as long as readers want to explore the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pamela Smith Hill, editor
9 x 10 inches
125 black-and-white images, 8 maps, appendices, index, bibliography
Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west—and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction.
Hidden away since 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s original autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world.
Wilder details the Ingalls family’s journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory— sixteen years of travels, unforgettable stories, and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction. Using additional manuscripts, diaries, and letters, editor Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and explores Wilder’s growth as a writer.
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in. The book features over one hundred images, eight fully researched maps, and hundreds of annotations based on census data and records, newspapers of the period, and other primary documents.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in 1929―1930 when she was in her early sixties. Throughout the 1930s and into the early 1940s, Wilder utilized her original manuscript to write a successful children’s series. She died in Mansfield, Missouri, at ninety years of age on February 10, 1957.
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