My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.
My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
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I: Laura Ingalls Wilder (she was Ingalls with an "I" first!)
The author wrote the Little House on the Prarie books, which were probably the first chapter books I'd read as a kid. I remember loving Little House in the Big Woods around 4th grade. I was actually kind of mad at Pa Ingalls for up-rooting little Half-Pint and her siblings from their cozy cabin dwelling to the harsh existence of the plains. I mean, how miserable would it be to pack up your meager belongings into a crickety wagon and ride for weeks to no actual desintation? Wondering if you'd be scalped by Native Americans or drowned in a river the horses can't swim across.
Laura Ingalls made it seem like an adventure, but I sure bet there were some real scary times on that quest to the west.
(As you can see, I was not meant to be a pioneer.)
The American Library Association named The Wilder award after her, which is given to career authors who
Recently, I stumbled upon this memoir online, written by the actress who played the spoiled brat character Nellie Olsen. And apparently Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura in the 1970s TV series, has her own collection of memories called Prairie Tale: A memoir.
Laura's daughter Rose Wilder Lane has also written a number of books. Sadly, some controversy exists as to the extent of her involvement in editing her mother's books. She maybe should have had co-author's credits.
But let's just leave it at Laura Ingalls having influenced several generations with her books about exploring the western United States with her family. Are you a fan of the Little House books, or the TV show Little House on the Prairie?