Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography reveals dark details of 'Little House'

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Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography reveals dark details of 'Little House'
A previously unpublished book from the author behind ‘Little House on the Prairie’ has hit the shelves, but don’t be fooled, this one isn’t for kids.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Lindsay or Sydney Greenbush as Carrie Ingalls, Melisssa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall -- Photo by: Ted Shepherd/NBCU Photo Bank
The white clapboard farmhouse where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote many of the books in her "Little House" novels still stands in Mansfield, Mo., Feb. 28, 2007. Seventy-five years after the first book in the series was published, they remain popular internationally. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Part 1 and 2' Episode 23 and 24 -- Aired 5/5/80 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Tracy as Percival Isaac Cohen Dalton, Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson Dalton, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 1 & 2' Episode 13 & 14 -- Aired 12/18/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ernest Borgnine as Jonathan, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 1 & 2' Episode 13 & 14 -- Aired 12/18/1974 -- Pictured: Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'A Harvest of Friends' Episode 1 -- Aired 09/11/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r)Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Pilot' -- Aired 03/30/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melisssa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND AUG. 19-20--The Sigurd Johnson family from Colorado examine Laura Ingalls Wilder's writing desk at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, Mo. on Aug. 4, 2000. The children in front are Lukas, left and Krista Johnson, right. The parents standing behind are Sigurd, left and Karen Johnson. (AP Photo/John S. Stewart)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (clockwise from left) Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall, Lindsay or Sydney Greenbush as Carrie Ingalls,Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls, Karen Grassle as Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Visitors exit the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, Mo. on Aug. 4, 2000 following a tour of the homestead. Last year, nearly 50,000 people toured the home and museum, which is on the National Registry of Historical Places. (AP Photo/John S. Stewart)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lindsay or Sydney Greenbush as Carrie Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Melisssa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Campout' Episode 9 -- Aired 11/19/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Haunted House' Episode 5 -- Aired 10/08/1975 -- Pictured: Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder -- Photo by: Ted Shepherd/NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Handyman' Episode 4 -- Aired 10/03/1977 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karen Grassle as Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls, Gil Gerard as Chris Nelson, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Photo by: Bud Gray/NBCU Photo Bank
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A previously unpublished book from the author behind 'Little House on the Prairie' has hit the shelves, but don't be fooled, this one isn't for kids.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography, 'Pioneer Girl' details her life in the country, but the picture is less than perfect. With accounts of domestic abuse, messy love triangles, and even a drunk man who lit himself on fire, Wilder's time on the prairie seems to match her name more than the stories we saw in her books.

Wilder and her daughter previously tried publishing the autobiography in the early 1930s, but failed. After the author's passing in 1957, the original draft was saved at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri. Last November, the South Dakota State Historical Society was finally able to publish the tell-all book.

'Pioneer Girl' sold out within the first few weeks, and orders for 60,000 more quickly followed. Between 1932 and 1943, Wilder published 11 novels in the 'Little House on the Prairie' series, and in the 1970s, the books were adapted into a TV show. Although the author's portrayal of life in the rural midwest was never entirely utopian, she did sensor her writing for scenes that could be inappropriate for kids.

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