Little House on the Prairie Memoir Promises Grittier Truth
Autobiography of late Laura Ingalls Wilder to be published
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 16, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
This undated image provided by the South Dakota Historical Society Press shows Judy Thompson's illustration of the cover of "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography."   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but the late author's forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic view of frontier living. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. Wilder wrote the autobiography before the Little House series but could never get it published.

She used tales from the memoir as inspiration for her more family-oriented books. Wilder's not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry, and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk. Editor Pamela Smith Hill says the book will give fans the chance to see the real family behind Wilder's fictionalized accounts.

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ewd76
Aug 17, 2014 10:59 PM CDT
Word is she was molested by Pa.
sugacan2
Aug 17, 2014 10:10 PM CDT
$35 on Amazon...don't think I want to know the "truth" about Little House on the Prairie that badly:>{
julianpenrod
Aug 16, 2014 9:06 PM CDT
Reasons for being careful about what children are exposed to include the potential for shock, the potential for unjustified internalization, the possibility of their drawing illegitimate conclusions. With respect to the latter, consider, a rich man loses a dollar out of his wallet and a poor man finds it. What will a child necessarily make of it? That, no matter how rich you are, no matter how careful you are, you can lose your money? You don't have to do anything with your life, just depend on leavings from the rich people's table? Every incident is necessarily guaranteed to have a countering occurrence? A point to consider, decades ago, kids could watch “gritty” movies like “They Made Me A Criminal”, White Heat”, “High Sierra” and not be damaged by them. A reason may have been more welcoming, caring, warm parents, not drug addicted zombies. But another reason was that the movies, all entertainment, then, was not soulless, empty, depravity ridden mental manipulation machines that it all is today. Serving a Liberal agenda, shooting at monsters with high explosives or making nothing but calculatedly filthy bathroom humor quips in sexually suggestive situations. Any “alternative” constituting literal drivel little advanced beyond just sitting around with spiritless, vacuous grins. Today, “conflict” is bickering, “romance” is sex, “drama” is explosions. No depth, no sincerity, no content. Much the same may be the case with Laura Ingalls Wilder. No middle ground of a reasoned moderating of interpretations of events. Everything must necessarily be treacly saccharine or awash with blood and death. She couldn't produce anything except what is mindlessly bland or relentlessly monstrous. Basically, what is taken as “quality 'entertainment'” today.