Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work & Writing Life – The Early Years

This short, not-for-credit, online course allows you to learn from our experts for FREE!

Starts April 6, 2015

Midway through the Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder transitioned from writing middle grade to young adult fiction, and her final book, which was published after her death, targeted adult readers. How do these books differ from her earlier novels? What new themes do they explore?  How did her personal life influence the creative direction of her final books? Are they still relevant today?

During this eight-week course, you will:

  • Expand your understanding of the literary themes, styles, and historical underpinnings in the last five Little House novels.
  • Examine the editorial partnership between Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.
  • Explore the parallels between Wilder’s later writing and Lane’s Let the Hurricane Roar (Young Pioneers).
  • Emerge with fresh insights into Wilder’s contribution to American young adult literature and her literary legacy.

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