"[Miller] draws on Wilder's unpublished autobiography, existing letters written to her daughter and to her husband on the few occasions she traveled without him, and her fiction and 'newspaper stories, local histories, land records, ' which he mines to create an impressively detailed context for her life. . . . Miller does not try to make her any more--or less--than she was, and that is the virtue of his biography."--"Washington Post Book World" "John E. Miller's scrupulous new biography of Wilder is a valuable and absorbing book." -Ann Romines, "Great Plains Quarterly" "Miller's thorough, riveting, work illuminates a complex process of authorship, and the mother and daughter behind it." -Jane St. Anthony, "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"."..An enjoyable portrait of a fascinating personality and her time." -Jo Ellen Heil, "Ventura County Star""Shedding new light on this remarkable woman, Miller demonstrates that Wilder's entire life was a process of becoming the woman we know as the beloved children's author." -Robert H. Ferrell, "American Bookseller"""
From the Publisher
Jane St. Anthony, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 17, 1998
"With 'Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder,' John E. Miller has made the world safe again for devotees. . . . Miller's thorough, riveting work illuminates a complex process of authorship, and the mother and daughter behind it."