Monday, April 09, 2007

I Stand Corrected

As I was skimming through The Ghost in the Little House for a passage I knew I had read but couldn't find, I came across this on page 148:

"She (Rose) was trying to develop for Mama Bess a bridge between her parochial writings for the Missouri Ruralist and a national market.

Since 1911, Rose's mother had written regularly for this regional farmers' journal. Her forte had been practical hints for managing the farm home, although in time she became something of a columnist, offering a few prosy thoughts each month on moral and ethical issues."

Well, that means that Holtz did take at least a moment to recognize Wilder's other writings--which I had stated he did not in my earlier posts. I would hate to be misleading, so I felt the need to correct my earlier statements. There are days that the reading blends one page into the other. I think I will need to start making notes of important statements along with their corresponding page numbers if I wish to continue along with this research.


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Blogger Rebecca said...

Have you read Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend by John E. Miller? It looks at Laura's life and career. He has looked at rough drafts of the Little House book, some with Roses' comments on them, and reached some conclusions about the effort between mother and daughter. Excellent book and more balanced than Ghost in the Little House.

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Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Becky,

Thanks for stopping by. I've read both of Miller's books-- Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town. I enjoyed them. Miller provides evidence which sheds doubt on Holtz's claims. I had actually read both of these before reading Holtz's book because I figured I wasn't ready to approach The Ghost in the Little House with an open mind.

Right now I am over halfway done with Free Land by Rose Wilder Lane. In a few spots I see similarites between this novel and Laura's books, but it does not stand out to you. If you hadn't read some of Wilder's books right before reading Free Land, you probably wouldn't pick up on it.

Thanks for your comments.


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