The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Pioneer’s Correspondence Audiobook, by Laura Ingalls  Wilder Play Audiobook Sample

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Pioneer’s Correspondence Audiobook

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Pioneer’s Correspondence Audiobook, by Laura Ingalls  Wilder Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: John Morgan, John Michael Morgan, Tish Hicks Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062453020

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Longest Chapter Length:

72:19 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

35 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

42:39 minutes

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Publisher Description

Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of one of America’s most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder—a treasure trove that offers new and unexpected understanding of her life and work.

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a vibrant, deeply personal portrait of this revered American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and dealings with family, friends, and fans as never before.

This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words. Gathered from museums and archives and personal collections, the letters span over sixty years of Wilder’s life, from 1894–1956 and shed new light on Wilder’s day-to-day life. Here we see her as a businesswoman and author—including her beloved Little House books, her legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, and her readers—as a wife, and as a friend. In her letters, Wilder shares her philosophies, political opinions, and reminiscences of life as a frontier child. Also included are letters to her daughter, writer Rose Wilder Lane, who filled a silent role as editor and collaborator while the famous Little House books were being written.

Wilder biographer William Anderson collected and researched references throughout these letters and the result is an invaluable historical collection, tracing Wilder’s life through the final days of covered wagon travel, her life as a farm woman, a country journalist, Depression-era author, and years of fame as the writer of the Little House books. This collection is a sequel to her beloved books, and a snapshot into twentieth-century living.

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“[Anderson] has done a heroic job of assembling, editing, and annotating this final collection of unpublished writing…Wilder fans will surely rejoice at this collection, which may also serve to introduce a new generation of readers to this important and much-loved American author.”

— Booklist 


  • “In her letters, just as in her books and in person, Laura Ingalls Wilder is effortlessly sunny good company…Reading these wonderfully human letters will make every reader hope for more.”

    — Christian Science Monitor
  • “Wilder’s letters display a writer who kept her head amid growing fame, remaining sweet, down-to-earth, and immensely likable until her death.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A must for a new generation of readers of Wilder’s stories and for those who recall having enjoyed the Little House books as a child and wish to gain further insight into the life of the series’ author.”

    — Library Journal
  • “Morgan and Hicks are excellent, offering clear and rich deliveries with a warmth worthy of Ingalls herself…This fascinating look at American history through letters and postcards is an unexpected surprise.”

    — AudioFile


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Authors

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s novels, written from 1932 to 1943 and based on her childhood in a homesteading family. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, she and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There she wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier. For millions of readers, she lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

William Anderson is an author, editor, lecturer, and biographer and has written or edited over two dozen books, all of which involved an extensive amount of research. He specializes in the subject of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her times. In addition, he has written around a hundred magazine articles for such publications as Travel & Leisure, Christian Science Monitor, and the Saturday Evening Post, and has also been a manuscript consultant as well as a teacher.

About the Narrators

John Michael Morgan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Tish Hicks is an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. Her voice can be heard in commercials for Subaru, Pop-Secrets, and others. Among her audiobook narrations are the Taylor’s Arch trilogy by Jody Lynn Nye and Start Shooting by Charlie Newton.