Then came the Crash. Rose’s money vanished, the magazine market dried up, and the Depression darkened the nation. That’s when Laura wrote her autobiography, “Pioneer Girl,” the story of growing up in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, on the Kansas prairie, and by the shores of Silver Lake. The rest—the eight remarkable books that followed—is literary history.
But it isn’t the history we thought we knew. For the surprising truth is that Laura’s stories were publishable only with Rose’s expert rewriting. Based on Rose’s unpublished diaries and Laura’s letters, A Wilder Rose tells the true story of the decade-long, intensive, and often troubled collaboration that produced the Little House books—the collaboration that Rose and Laura deliberately hid from their agent, editors, reviewers, and readers.
Why did the two women conceal their writing partnership? What made them commit what amounts to one of the longest-running deceptions in American literature? And what happened in those years to change Rose from a left-leaning liberal to a passionate Libertarian?
In this impeccably researched novel and with a deep insight into the book-writing business gained from her own experience as an author and coauthor, Susan Wittig Albert follows the clues that take us straight to the heart of this fascinating literary mystery
|About the Author|
When I first heard that Laura Ingalls Wilder may not have actually written the Little House series I had what I call a “toddler moment”. I stuck my fingers in my ears and absolutely refused to believe it. Say it ain’t so!
So, when I was approached by the author of this book I was leery to say the least. Do I want to hear about this? Do I want to have my childhood RUINED? (I’m a wee bit dramatic at times.)
I am thankful that I gave this book a shot. It explained a difficult situation and soothed my ruffled feathers. It made sense.
A Wilder Rose is a perfect blend of fact and fiction. It’s clear, energetic, and a must for any fan of the Little House books.