PIERRE, South Dakota — Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography that will give fans a more realistic view of frontier living will be released Monday.
"Prairie Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" is being released nationwide by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Wilder wrote the autobiography before the "Little House on the Prairie" series but couldn't get it published. Accounts from the memoir served as inspiration for her more family-oriented books.
The autobiography was edited by Pamela Smith Hill. It includes annotations, images, appendices and maps showing the difficulties of frontier living. The tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk.
The book is priced at $39.95. It will be available in bookstores, online and directly from the historical society.