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"The mother-daughter partnership that produced the Little House books has fascinated scholars and readers alike. Now, John E. Miller, one of America's leading authorities on Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane, combines analyses of both women to explore this collaborative process and shows how their books reflect the authors' distinctive views of place, time, and culture. Along the way, he addresses the two most controversial issues for Wilder/Lane aficionados: how much did Lane actually contribute to the writing of the Little House books, and what was Wilder's real attitude toward American Indians. Interpreting these writers in their larger historical and cultural contexts, Miller reconsiders their formidable artistic, political, and literary contributions to American cultural life in the 1930s. He looks at what was happening in 1932 - from depression conditions and politics to chain stores and celebrity culture - to shed light on Wilder's life, and he shows how actual "little houses" established ideas of home that resonated emotionally for both writers." "In considering each woman's ties to history, Miller compares Wilder with Frederick Jackson Turner as a frontier mythmaker and examines Lane's unpublished history of Missouri in the context of a contemporaneous project, Thomas Hart Benton's famous Jefferson City mural. He also looks at Wilder's Missouri Ruralist columns to assess her pre-Little House values and writing skills, and he readdresses her literary treatment of Native Americans. A final chapter shows how Wilder's and Lane's conservative political views found expression in their work, separating Lane's more libertarian bent from Wilder's focus on writing moralist children's fiction." "These nine thoughtful essays expand the critical discussion on Wilder and Lane beyond the Little House. Miller portrays them as impassioned and dedicated writers who were deeply involved in the historical changes and political challenges of their times - and contends that questions over the books' authorship do not do justice to either woman's creative investment in the series. Miller demystifies the aura of nostalgia that often prevents modern readers from seeing Wilder as a real-life woman, and he depicts Lane as a kindred artistic spirit, helping readers better understand mother and daughter as both women and authors."--BOOK JACKET.
A biography of the author of the "Little House" books, including the years of her marriage to Almanzo Wilder.
(abbreviated from back of book) Pamela Smith Hill delves into the complex and often fascinating relationships Wilder formed throughout her life that led to the writing of her classic Little House series. Using Wilder's stories. Hill has produced a historical-literary biography of the famous and much- loved author. Fol ... Hill provides a context, both familial and literary, for Wilder's writing career. (Hill studies).. the relationship with her daughter - the hidden editor - Rose Wilder Lane. Wilder produced her timeless classics with the help of her daughter's editorial insights. Hill argues that they differed in their visions of the path Wilder's career should follow, but eventually Lane's editing brought out the best of her mother's writing and allowed her creativity, expression, and experiences to shine through.
This fictionalized biography of the author of the popular "Little House" books tells her family's real life on the American frontier, and of the events that surpassed the drama of her stories.
De Smet, SD is where Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up and the setting of 5 of her books. Here is a history comparing the town in Laura's books to the real town. (front flap) As Laura Ingalls Wilder anticipated, her widely loved stories of her prairie childhood have become much more than a nostalgic blend of myth, memories, and autobiography. As John Miller reveals, they have much to tell us about the historical realities of day-to-day living and attitudes in the nineteenth century. History and literature are closely intertwined, Miller contends. Here he illustrates how Wilder's novels enhance our understanding of history and how, simultaneously, a historical perspective framed Wilder's fiction. He shows how Wilder interwove content and form to produce a sentimental and compelling yet nuanced and believable picture of family life on the agricultural frontier.
From a little house set deep in the big wood of Wisc., across Indian Territory and into the Dakotas, Laura's family moved westward right along the Frontier. Their true life saga, beloved by countless millions of TV viewers and readers of the best selling LITTLE HOUSE books, is one of spirit and wilderness trails, and bitter-cold winters, personal tragedy. Here, for the first time, and drawing on her own unpublished memories is the fascinating full account of Laura's life-- from her earliest years through her marriage to Almanzo Wilder, the "farmer boy" of her stories.
How do men imagine women? In the poetry of Petrarch and his English successors--Wyatt, Donne, and Marvell--the male poet persistently imagines pursuing a woman, Laura, whom he pursues even as she continues to deny his affections. Critics have long held that, in objectifying Laura, these male-authored texts deny the imaginative, intellectual, and physical life of the woman they idealize. In Laura, Barbara L. Estrin counters this traditional view by focusing not on the generative powers of the male poet, but on the subjectivity of the imagined woman and the imaginative space of the poems she occupies. Through close readings of the Rime sparse and the works of Wyatt, Donne, and Marvell, Estrin uncovers three Lauras: Laura-Daphne, who denies sexuality; Laura-Eve, who returns the poet's love; and Laura-Mercury, who reinvents her own life. Estrin claims that in these three guises Laura subverts both genre and gender, thereby introducing multiple desires into the many layers of the poems. Drawing upon genre and gender theories advanced by Jean-Franois Lyotard and Judith Butler to situate female desire in the poem's framework, Estrin shows how genre and gender in the Petrarchan tradition work together to undermine the stability of these very concepts. Estrin's Laura constitutes a fundamental reconceptualization of the Petrarchan tradition and contributes greatly to the postmodern reassessment of the Renaissance period. In its descriptions of how early modern poets formulate questions about sexuality, society and poetry, Laura will appeal to scholars of the English and Italian Renaissance, of gender studies, and of literary criticism and theory generally.
After his brother, a saloonkeeper, was found brutally slain, Jay McCallum came to town ready to accuse a winsome beauty -- Lauralee Parker! If Lauralee had her way, all the saloons in the great Northwest would be closed down. Her crusade was successful -- except for the prosperous saloon that McCallum was determined to save from her indignation. But their conflict could not quell their growing attraction for each other. Slowly, the proud, powerful man melted Lauralee's defiant heart...yet as she surrendered to a rich and wild desire, her joy was shadowed by the haunting mystery of McCallum's brother's death ... a mystery whose shocking outcome could forever destroy their love!
[from the back cover] "Tomorrow is Christmas, and Laura and her little brother Tommy are more excited than usual. This year the family is going to spend the holiday with Aunt Martha, who has promised them a tree that glitters like a zillion stars. The trip has barely started when their car breaks down. It looks like Christmas will be ruined. "We'll never get to Aunt Martha's now," cries Tommy. But Laura isn't worried because she knows the magic of Christmas is often found where you least expect it."
Laurel thought that nothing could go wrong -- until her older sister Daisy died. Without Daisy, the family was falling apart -- and Laurel needed somewhere to turn. Luckily, there was Jack.
From the simplest white bread, to the most complicated holiday bread, the recipes is probably in this book. Want to try your hand at making sourdough started? Looking for something to do with spelt? Are you longing for the tastes of Grandma's kitchen? This is a marvelous reference as well as a useful cookbook, and there is plenty for the armchair cook, too.
CIRCLE of FRIENDSMay the circle be unbrokenChristmas. A time for first love...and second chances.As a girl, Lauren DeStefano fell in love with Cameron Hathaway-the gold boy of Harmony, Massachusetts. The innocence of that first love was followed by grief and by rejection-and finally, a long slow climb to success.Lauren, now living in Boston, is still close to her circle of Harmony friends-Julia, Cathryn and the others. But she thumbs her nose at the rest of the community...especially when she buys historic Rockland House.She plans to remodel it in time for Christmas-and gets more than she bargained for. More expenses, more problems...more memories. All of which she figures she can handle. But discovering she still has feelings for Cameron… That's something else. Can the past repeat itself-with a different and happier ending? With marriage to Cam, a home on Harmony…a baby?
What if your old friends don't like your new friend? Lauren thinks the new girl in town, Ginger Kinkaid, is really neat--from her moviestar-sounding name to her sophisticated southern drawl. And she and Ginger have so much in common! They both love the color blue, prefer math to history, and think TV star Kevin DeSpain is the cutest man alive. But Kate and Stephanie aren't impressed with Ginger. In fact, they think she's a total fake, who'll say or do anything to win a friend. Are Lauren's Sleepover Friends being unfair? Or is Ginger trying a bit too hard to become Lauren's best--and only--friend?
Lauren sees Melanie Harden "training" Whisper and accuses her of abusing her. And now she sets off to save Whisper from being abused.
Lauren decides to speak out for animal rights when Riverhurst Elementary School's new science teacher, cute and popular Mr. Talbot, intends to have his classes dissect frogs.
The Pet Fairies have one of the most important jobs in Fairyland! Along with their special pets, they make sure that all animals find safe homes with the right owners. But when Jack Frost steals the magical pets, Fairyland is in an uproar!
You can't help but crush on this start to a tween series full of drama and romance!Twelve-year-old Lauren Silver is ready to hit the beach for her annual family vacation. Aside from the sun and sand, she's especially thrilled to be reunited with her gorgeous summer crush, Charlie Anderson. Sure, she's only spoken to him once, for exactly thirteen seconds, but she knows they are meant to be together. She's even spent all year developing The Love Plan, a foolproof way to get to know Charlie and have him fall for her. But plans don't always work out, which Lauren learns when she finds out a friend from school, Chrissy Porter, will be joining her family on their vacation. As if having to make Chrissy part of The Love Plan isn't bad enough, Lauren then has to face a very tough reality of crushes: Sometimes they are not mutual. And sometimes, when fate is playing a really mean trick on you, the object of your crush ends up crushing on your friend Chrissy. Can Lauren survive her beach vacation? And more importantly, can she survive her first crush?
Lauren, Patti, Kate, and Stephanie are each having an exchange student from Walden Elementary stay with them for a week. It's going to be a great time! Stephanie and her new friend are going to shop till they drop. There's going to be a big party for the Walden kids...and of course, Patti's organized an eight-girl sleepover! Then Patti finds out she won't be hosting someone. And Lauren's visitor could not care less about making friends. The sleepover exchange sure looks like a washout...until Lauren decides to take charge!
Buried treasure! The Sleepover Friends are going on a "dig" with their class! Scientists from a nearby town have uncovered some valuable old artifacts, and they've asked the kids from Riverhurst to help out with the digging. Stephanie isn't thrilled about crawling around in the dirt, but Kate thinks it sounds like fun. Who knows what they might find? The boys in 5B want to dig up a skeleton. Stephanie hopes to find something more useful--like jewelry. But poor Lauren's been having a bad week. She's sure the dig will be a disaster, too--until she finds real treasure!
Indian Mythology Stories for children. Lava and Kusha were the twin sons of Rama and Sita.
Frustrated by her deteriorating love life and the return of a long absent ex husband, Scotia opts for seven days of tranquility and therapeutic massage at a yoga retreat on neighboring Santa Maria Island. But all hopes of finding enlightenment are dashed when Scotia becomes embroiled in a nasty struggle between the spa's innkeeper and her rustic neighbors, a series of "accidents," and what looks like murder. As a brewing storm traps her on the island with terrified guests, Scotia calls on her earthly ingenuity - and some divine justice - to catch a vicious killer and restore everyone's peace of mind, especially her own.
The internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House takes readers from Nazi-occupied Paris to the contemporary glamour of the Cote D'Azur in an emotionally gripping novel of love, duty, and desire. With her dazzling novels The Orchid House and The Girl on the Cliff, Lucinda Riley effortlessly transported readers between distant times and locations and earned accolades from reviewers and readers around the world. In The Lavender Garden, her most powerful novel so far, she tells the mesmerizing tale of heroism and betrayal inside an aristocratic French family across half a century. Le Cote d'Azur, 1998: In the south of France, Emilie de la Martinieres finds herself the sole inheritor of her childhood home, a magnificent chateau and vineyard. With the house comes a mountain of debt--and almost as many questions: What was the purpose of the secret room she finds hidden beneath the wine cellars? Why did her beloved father never speak of his decorated service in Word War II? Why has Emilie always felt at odds with her own family background? Paris, 1944: A British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent to Paris to be part of Churchill's Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from the Resistance, she stumbles into a socially prominent family who entertains members of the German elite even as they plot to liberate France. In a city rife with collaborators and Resistance members, Constance's most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart. As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the chateau itself may provide clues that can unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future.
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