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Friday, February 07, 2014

Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder!!

Well, how could I let this day pass without a nod to one of my FAVORITE authors?

Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder!

In honor of this much beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie series, here are a few 'Laura' facts you may not have known:

  • She was born on February 7th, 1867 and died February 10th, 1957, just three days after her 90th birthday
  • She didn't begin her writing career until 1911, when she first wrote an article for the Missouri Ruralist
  • This led to a permanent column called 'As a Farm Woman Thinks'
  • Her first Little House book was not published until 1932
  • Laura was in her mid-sixties before she became a famous author!
  • Her desire to write a personal memoir was likely to have been a combination of wanting to honor her recently deceased mother and sister by chronicling the family's history and a need born out of losing so much of their savings through the stock market crash of 1929
  • She even took a job dispensing micro loans to farmers to help make ends meet during the Great Depression
  • By the mid-1930's, however, Laura and her husband, Almanzo, were enjoying the most money they had ever had in the history of their fifty year marriage thanks to the Little House success
  • Laura was a tiny slip of a woman, standing only 4'11"
  • Her husband, Almanzo, who was ten years her senior, wasn't much taller at 5'4"
  • There are nine books in the Little House series, though one, The First Four Years, was published, unfinished, after her death in 1957

To be honest, I owe my love of history, simplicity, doing-it-yourself, pioneer crafts and a bit of my spunk  to Laura.  But most of all, she ignited my love of reading and writing.

I owe her a lot!

Happy Birthday, Laura!!

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