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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,687 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elinore Pruitt Stewart, Rebecca Burns Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Told with vivid gusto by a young, fiercely determined widow, this towering classic of American frontier life paints a candid portrait of her work, travels, neighbors, and harsh existence on a Wyoming ranch in the early 1900s.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader presents an outstanding first-person account of life on the American frontier. Elinore Pruitt Stewart took up homesteading in Burnt Fork, Wyoming, in 1909, to prove that a woman could ranch. Her captivating letters, sent to a former employer in Denver, reveal the isolation, the beauty, and the joy of working the prairie. 

The basis for the acclaimed movie Heartland, this charming chronicle is part of our vanished past. Stewart’s courage and her delight in the world around her cannot fail to capture the hearts of her listeners.         

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Courtney | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book--the descriptions of the country and the life Stewart lead, and parts of it made me laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jayme | 2/6/2014

    " One of the best books I've read in awhile. Stewart's letters are vivid stories of ranch life on the frontier. Excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marieke | 2/6/2014

    " The format of this book/collection of letters left me feeling like the good parts got left out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah | 2/3/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! The author moves to Wyoming to be a housekeeper for a cattle rancher. She shares stories about homesteading in the west and the adventures along the way. If you have ever lived in on a farm, had a garden, or ever lived in the country, I think you'll have a deeper appreciation of what life was like for her. "

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About the Author

Elinore Pruitt Stewart (1876–1933) was orphaned early in life. She and her brothers and sisters made their own way in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, and in the absence of schools, she taught herself to read and write. After losing her husband in a railroad accident, she went to Denver, where she worked as a laundress, housekeeper, and furnace tender to support herself and her daughter. She heard about Wyoming from a friend while recovering from an illness. Two days later, she was on her way there. An ad placed in a newspaper quickly gained her empoyment as housekeeper for Clyde Stewart, a rancher, whom she later married.