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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), American author. Wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood in a pioneer family. The most well-known of her books is Little House on the Prairie.

Born Laura Ingalls near Pepin, Wisconsin[?], she and her family eventually ended up in De Smet, Dakota Territory, where she met Almanzo Wilder (1857-1949). They married in 1885 and had two children: Rose (1886-1968) and an unnamed boy who died soon after his birth in 1889.


  • Little House in the Big Woods (1932)
  • Farmer Boy (1933) - about her husband's childhood on a farm in New York
  • Little House on the Prairie (1935)
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939)
  • The Long Winter (1940)
  • Little Town on the Prairie (1941)
  • These Happy Golden Years (1943)
  • On the Way Home (1962, published posthumously) - a diary of the family's move from De Smet to Mansfield, Missouri, and was edited and added to by Rose.
  • The First Four Years (1971, published posthumously)
  • West From Home (1974, published posthumously) - letters to Almanzo from Laura on her visit to San Francisco in 1915.

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