Quote: Wilder as Myth

A beautiful quote about the archetype along the trail.

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Sarah Uthoff in Walnut Grove Wagon Sarah Uthoff in Walnut Grove Wagon

Covered Wagon Sets Off Yet Again…Along the Unknown Trail

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, is America’s Tristan und Isolde. It is one of those myths by which a country’s spirit moves. In the heart of every Yankee is the picture of Pa, Ma, the brave little girls and the log cabin left behind as the covered wagon sets off yet again across the inevitable creek, along the unknown trail.”

So said Linda Blandford in the July 7, 1987 issue of the London Guardian. (Aren’t databases wonderful.)

UPDATED October 23 2018: I fixed the formatting on the quote. It’s an amazing one that I thrill to read again every time. I added my signature block and a photo of me in a wagon.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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