Laura Ingalls Wilder Bibliography

by John J. Fry

This bibliography lists resources for the study of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life and works.
It was last updated in July 1999.

The Little House Books

Other Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Internet Resources

The Little House Books

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods. New York: Harper and Row, 1932.

________. Farmer Boy, New York: Harper and Row, 1933.

________. Little House on the Prairie. New York: Harper and Row, 1935.

________. On the Banks of Plum Creek. New York: Harper and Row, 1937

________. By the Shores of Silver Lake. New York: Harper and Row, 1939

________. The Long Winter. New York: Harper and Row, 1940.

________. Little Town on the Prairie. New York: Harper and Row, 1941.

________. These Happy Golden Years. New York: Harper and Row, 1943.

All of these are available in more recent editions--both hardback and paperback--from HarperCollins publishers.

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Other Primary Sources

Books

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. I Remember Laura. Edited by Stephen W. Hines. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1994.

________. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Family Collection. Edited by Richard Marshall. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993.

________. Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler, the Rediscovered Writings. Edited by Stephen W. Hines. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1991.

________. On the Way Home: The Diary of a trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894. With a setting by Rose Wilder Lane. New York: Harper and Row, 1962.

________. West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder to Almanzo Wilder, San Francisco, 1915. Edited by Robert Lea MacBride, historical setting by Margot Patterson Doss. New York: Harper and Row, 1974.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls, and Rose Wilder Lane. A Little House Sampler. Edited by William T. Anderson. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

Articles

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Articles in Missouri Ruralist, 1911-1925.

________. "Whom Will You Marry?" McCalls, June 1919: 8, 62.

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Secondary Sources

Books

Anderson, William. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

________. "The Literary Apprenticeship of Laura Ingalls Wilder." M. A. Thesis, South Dakota State University, 1982.

Erisman, Fred. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Boise: Boise State University, 1994.

Holtz, William. The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1993.

Miller, John E. Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: the Woman Behind the Legend. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1998.

________. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town: Where History and Literature Meet. Lawrence: University of Kansas, 1994.

Mooney-Getoff, Mary J. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Bibliography. Southold, N. Y.: Wise Owl Press, 1980.

Romines, Ann. Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

Spaeth, Janet. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1987.

Subramanian, Jane M. Laura Ingalls Wilder: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical, Biographical, and Teaching Studies. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Wolf, Virginia L. Little House on the Prairie: A Reader's Companion. New York : Twayne Publishers, 1996.

Zochert, Donald. Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Chicago: Regnery, 1976.

Pamphlets

Anderson, William. Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Iowa Story. Burr Oak, Iowa: Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, 1990.

________. Laura Wilder of Mansfield. De Smet, S. D.: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 1968.

________. Laura's Rose: The Story of Rose Wilder Lane. De Smet, S. D.: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 1976.

________. The Story of the Ingalls. De Smet, S. D.: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 1973.

________. The Story of the Wilders. De Smet, S. D.: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 1973.

________. The Walnut Grove Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Walnut Grove, Minn.: Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, 1987.

Articles

Anderson, William. "Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: the Continuing Collaboration." South Dakota History 16(2)(1986): 89-143.

________. "The Literary Apprenticeship of Laura Ingalls Wilder." South Dakota History 13(4)(1983): 285-331.

Fellman, Anita Clair. "Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: The Politics of a Mother-Daughter Relationship." Signs 15(3)(1990): 535-561.

Holtz, William. "Closing the Circle: the American Optimism of Laura Ingalls Wilder." Great Plains Quarterly 4(2)(1984): 79-90.

Romines, Ann. "Writing the Little House: the Architecture of a Series." Great Plains Quarterly 14(2)(1994): 107-115.

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Internet Resources

The following are the best websites for general Laura Ingalls Wilder information: biographies, the Little House books, travel and historical sites, and much more.

There is also a Little House on the Prairie Webring. Many of these sites are mixtures of information about the historical Wilder, the books, and TV show. Since the TV show is only very loosely based on frontier realities, these sites are definitely use at your own risk.

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