The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane

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University of Missouri Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 425 pages

Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the most beloved children's authors of all time, but William Holtz contends that she may not have been the sole author of the Little House series that bore her name. While Laura's life did serve as the inspiration for the books, Holtz believes that her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, actually took her mother's memoirs and refurbished them into the novels that would be read by millions. In this captivating biography, Holtz chronicles Rose's life from childhood, to travels abroad that began at age seventeen, and finally back home to Missouri in her mid-thirties where she would fine tune her mother's writing. Holtz does not write to expose Laura as a fraud, but instead The Ghost in the Little House explains that Laura's books were more of a collaborative effort than anyone knew.
 

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I grew up with the Little House books. In fact, I attribute much of my love of reading to the time I spent with Laura and her family as they endured the harshness of life on the prairie. This book is ... Read full review

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I have heard stories in the past about how Rose Wilder Lane "actually" wrote the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but nothing about Rose ever compelled me to look into it further. I had ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
1
A Prairie Rose
13
Old Home Town
29
Bachelor Girl Married Woman
46
Bulletin Days
60
An Interlude and Herbert Hoover
83
Come with Me to Europe
92
7
98
The Ghost Returns
217
Courage
233
Credo
251
Between Two Worlds
267
Free Land New Homes Lost Sons
280
War and The Discovery of Freedom
299
Mother Remembered
338
A Visit to Vietnam
354

The Road to Baghdad
117
A Missouri Interlude
142
The Albanian Experiment
161
Experiment at Rocky Ridge
186
Epilogue
373
Notes
387
Index
417
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About the author (1995)

William Holtz first brought Rose Wilder Lane to national attention with a critically acclaimed edition of letter, Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane: Forty Years of Friendship. He is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His work on Lane's biography was aided by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Missouri Biography Series, edited by William E. Foley

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