William Anderson, a Wilder scholar, has collected over 400 letters from private collections and museums and published The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The letters were written by Wilder when she was between the ages of 27 and 89. She wrote them to friends, family, and also fans. In this article, you can read an excerpt from a letter to her daughter Rose where she offers a beautifully detailed description of Plum Creek.
In the letters, Wilder also touches on the importance of libraries. Upon having a library in Detroit named after her, she wrote to the community to emphasize the value of books, and how not everyone is lucky enough to have convenient access to a library!
Want more? You can find out more about Wilder’s life in her annotated autobiography, Pioneer Girl, published in 2014.