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Interesting article culled from my stack of unread New Yorkers, sure to intrigue any of you who also might've grown up on a steady diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her ilk.

"Wilder Women," by Judith Thurman, connects a series of recent books analyzing the real people behind the Little House series. Laura, Almanzo, and their daughter Rose, of course, who I'd forgotten lived and worked in San Francisco for a time - all come in for some psychological take-downs, thanks to new research being done on their old correspondence and original manuscripts.

Read the piece for a glimpse at Rose's unexpected socialist and libertarian sides, a sobering look at the scrappy Wilder life in the Ozarks, and an unsettling hint at the contentious mama-drama relationship between Laura and Rose.

Nothing is ever as simple as it appears, eh. And sometimes the backstory is better than the story itself.

Wilder Women: The Mother and Daughter Behind the Little House Series (New Yorker)


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