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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957) gained fame with autobiographical writing about growing up as an American pioneer in her Little House series of books for young readers. Born in a log cabin on the edge of an area called “Big Woods” in Pepin, Wisconsin, she lived the life that she eventually described in her classic books.

The Ingalls family traveled by covered wagon through Kansas and Minnesota in a covered wagon with all that they owned, until finally settling in De Smet, Dakota Territory. The family loved the the open spaces of the prairie, farming, and raising animals.

The Ingalls moved around a lot, and though it wasn’t an easy life, it gave Laura a rich trove of memories and experiences to draw upon when she began writing many years later. Though Laura wasn’t conventionally educated, she managed to get her teaching certificate at the age of fifteen.  Read More→

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Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was an American author whose work spanned several genres — novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Much of her writing focused on realistic human relationships — conflict, community,  interaction, and influence. As a Southern writer, a sense of place was an important theme running though her work, as well.

Eudora grew up in a close-knit, contented family in Jackson, Mississippi. Her parents instilled a love of education, curiosity, and reading to her and to her brothers, with whom she was close. She was always a  star student, from early grades through college. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. She did her graduate work at Columbia University School of Business, heeding her father’s suggestion to study advertising. But since she finished her degree just as the depression was worsening, she struggled to find work.  Read More→

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