A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

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A Wilder Rose Read Online Free - In 1928, Rose Wilder Lane—world traveler, journalist, much-published magazine writer—returned from an Albanian sojourn to her parents’ Ozark farm. Almanzo Wilder was 71, Laura 61, and Rose felt obligated to stay and help. To make life easier, she built them a new home, while she and Helen Boylston transformed the farmhouse into a rural writing retreat and filled it with visiting New Yorkers. Rose sold magazine stories to pay the bills for both households, and despite the subterranean tension between mother and daughter, life seemed good.

Then came the Crash. Rose’s money vanished, the magazine market dried up, and the Depression darkened the nation. That’s when Laura wrote her autobiography, “Pioneer Girl,” the story of growing up in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, on the Kansas prairie, and by the shores of Silver Lake. The rest—the eight remarkable books that followed—is literary history.

But it isn’t the history we thought we knew. For the surprising truth is that Laura’s stories were publishable only with Rose’s expert rewriting. Based on Rose’s unpublished diaries and Laura’s letters, A Wilder Rose tells the true story of the decade-long, intensive, and often troubled collaboration that produced the Little House books—the collaboration that Rose and Laura deliberately hid from their agent, editors, reviewers, and readers.

Why did the two women conceal their writing partnership? What made them commit what amounts to one of the longest-running deceptions in American literature? And what happened in those years to change Rose from a left-leaning liberal to a passionate Libertarian?

In this impeccably researched novel and with a deep insight into the book-writing business gained from her own experience as an author and coauthor, Susan Wittig Albert follows the clues that take us straight to the heart of this fascinating literary mystery.

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ISBN : 0989203506
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Margitte rated it ★★★★★

June 04, 2015

A Wilder Rose Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Their Little Houses - by Susan Wittig Albert. The novel is based on the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane and highlights the years between 1928 and 1939. A more compelling, fascinating blend of fact and fiction...

Wendy rated it ★★★☆☆

October 04, 2013

A Wilder Rose is a novel about the decade Rose Wilder Lane spent working with her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, on the manuscripts that became the Little House books—which were published under Wilder’s name, even though Lane did much to shape and improve them. Those who’ve read extensively about...

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2016

Laura Ingalls Wilder, a name most of probably recognize, either becomes of her books, or the TV-series, or both. Ingalls Wilder is probably one of the most known children author thanks to her fictional retelling of her childhood. But, what not many people know is that without her daughter, Rose W...

Clif rated it ★★★☆☆

February 06, 2017

This book is a novelized biography of Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder who is the credited author of the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books. Over time critics and historians have come to believe that Rose's involvement in helping her mother write the Li...

``Laurie rated it ★★★☆☆

February 10, 2017

I'm a little sad and disappointed after reading this book. First off I did enjoy learning all about Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder the author of the Little House Books. The author's premise is that Rose did most of the writing of the Little House Books; while Laura just wro...

Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~ rated it ★★★☆☆

March 08, 2015

This was a nice book about how the Little House on the Prairie books came about. I remember my mother reading these to my sister and I when we were growing up. It was an interesting to learn Wilder's daughter really shaped the books into what they became. A very good read for fans of Wilder's boo...

Becky rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 26, 2016

This was pretty awful. I read that Albert self-published because, in her words, "publishers were afraid fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder would be too upset by the book". (The book takes the stance that Rose Wilder Lane co-authored the Little House books). I think she had to self-publish because it is...

Whitney (First Impressions Reviews) rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 09, 2014

I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series growing up. Twenty years later, I still set aside time for Hallmark's Little House on the Prairie Marathons and am just as enraptured by her books as I was at age eight. It recently came out the Laura's daughter Rose may have been the steamroller...

Rachel rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 07, 2017

This was a disappointing read for me, and I'm glad I didn't buy this book like I was planning to. I'm a big fan of both Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories and Rose Wilder Lane's writings. If ghost writing happened at least it was all in the family. This book was just not as well-written as it could b...

Ann rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2013

A must-read for anyone who, like many of my generation, was obsessed with the Little House series before it became a TV juggernaut. Just as the books are a fictionalized account of Laura's childhood, this is a fictionalized account of how the LH books very likely came to be. Is the story true? I...

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