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

(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.

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.
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)
An employee at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Mo., prepares to handle the original manuscript that is now 'Pioneer Girl.'
An employee at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Mo., prepares to handle the original manuscript that is now 'Pioneer Girl.'   (Uncredited)
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