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A previously unpublished book from the author behind 'Little House on the Prairie' has hit the shelves, but don't be fooled, this one isn't for kids.

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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