Laura Ingalls Wilder Bibliography

Query From Dolores E. Janiewski 16 March 1998

Can anyone advise me as to scholarly books or articles that deal with the work and writing of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and Carol Ryrie Brink? I'm especially interested in comparisons of the Little House Books and _Caddie Woodlawn_. Thanks.


Adam, Kathryn "Laura, Ma, Mary, Carrie and Grace: Western Women as Portrayed by Laura Ingalls Wilder" in _The Women's West_, ed. Susan Armitage and Elizabeth Jameson (U of Oklahoma Press, 1987).

Holtz, William _The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane_ (but it's about mother and daughter).(U of Missouri Press, 1993)

MacBride, Roger Lea, Ed. _West From Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915_(NY: Harper & Row, 1974).

Maher, Susan Naramore "Laura Ingalls Wilder and Caddie Woodlawn: Daughters of a Border Space" in _The Lion and the Unicorn," December 1994, 130-42.

Romines, Ann _Constructing the Little House: Gender,Class, and Laura Ingalls Wilder_(Amherst: U of Massachusetts Press, 1996_

Other Suggestions:

There was an article about Rose Wilder Lane and Laura Ingalls Wilder in Signs some years ago. I apologize for not having the citation, but a simple search ought to turn it up. The article was about their relationship -- specifically, about how Lane edited and influenced much of

Suggest you contact Anita Clair Fellman, head of women's studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, whose work on this topic is very sophisticated. She is finishing a book on the subject.

In 1995 or 1996, I believe it was, there was a fascinating article on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Little House books in the _New York Review of Books_. It might have some very useful references for you, and in itself could be helpful as well.

...[Suggest] contacting the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's curator...

From Louise S. Robbins 25 Mar 1998 There is an interesting chapter on _Little House on the Prairie_ in a book called _The Deaths of Sybil Bolton_, whose author's name I can not remember.The book deals with the Osage Indians in Oklahoma in the 1920s,chiefly, and looks at _Little House on the Prairie_ in the context of the Wilders as squatters on Indian land, which they were.