Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Pioneer Girl' autobiography tells real prairie story

'Pioneer Girl'
'Pioneer Girl' edited by Pamela Smith Hill
Book cover courtesy of publisher

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author best known for her "Little House on the Prairie" series, struggled to publish her own autobiography.

Now, more than 70 years since she published her last book, the South Dakota State Historical Society has published "Pioneer Girl," the story of Wilder's childhood on the American frontier of 1880s.

The book—edited by Pamela Smith Hill—exposes the rough edges of Wilder's life that were smoothed over in the series. Hill joins The Daily Circuit to talk more about the book and Wilder's life and her book.


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