HE SELECTED LETTERS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER edited by William Anderson

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The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder was another title I picked up while visiting the Rocky Ridge Farm Laura Ingalls Wilder site. I debated whether I should even write this review since I’ve read and reviewed so many LIW-related titles lately, so I thought I’d make it a sort of “bonus review.”

The letters themselves aren’t of any particular literary quality or great writing in-and-of themselves. I skipped reading the larger-fonted headlines between a lot of the letters, but I did very much appreciate the editor’s transitional sections and background/contextual information.

I found that the value in this book, like in many of the about-LIW books, is the insight it provides into this human being’s life. Even if you’re not a LIW/Little House fan or a writer, it’s interesting to be able to study someone’s life so intimately. And when you add what’s written about Rose into the mix, you get insight into a mother-daughter relationship carried out in a particular time period. I find that fascinating. There have been few people (if any) who have been written about more than the Ingalls/Wilders, so the information just isn’t available about most people.

So…I would recommend this book to all the bonnet-heads, of course, but also anyone interested in psychology and sociology-type topics as well.

Thanks for reading. Now back to your regularly scheduled historical book review blog post.

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