The Ghost in the Little House

The Ghost in the Little House

A Life of Rose Wilder Lane

Book - 1995
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"Several generations of readers have been reared on Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, books that have achieved a near mythic quality in the American literary imagination. What few people know, however, is that nearly every sentence of these classic books was shaped at the hands of a gifted ghostwriter: Wilder's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Over the years, as Laura Ingalls Wilder became a literary phenomenon, her daughter slipped quietly into obscurity. In this first biography, William Holtz presents an intimate account of Lane's adventure-filled life as a writer, a daughter, and a political theorist. Drawing on her letters and diaries, he traces her life from her own harsh childhood on the prairie to her final journey overseas, this last trip as a Vietnam War correspondent at the age of seventy-eight. After beginning her career as a journalist, Rose Wilder Lane returned to her parents' Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri to aid them as they grew older. As the Little House books began to win followers for her mother, Rose Wilder Lane's "editorial" role in them usurped more and more of her time. The secrecy of the collaboration, along with her parents' continued financial dependence on Lane, contributed to an increasingly tense relationship between mother and daughter" -- publisher website (December 2006).
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [1995]
ISBN: 9780826210159
Branch Call Number: 813.52 Hol
Characteristics: xiv, 427 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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