Caroline Fraser

Selected Works

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the politicization of her Little House Books, and her passion for wilderness.
On Joyce Carol Oates's preoccupation with violence and victimhood.
The 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre--one of the worst mass murders in American history--was carried out and then concealed by Mormons.
"With this book, Fraser does for rewilding what David Quammen did for island biogeography in his seminal "The Song of the Dodo." Fraser uses lucid prose, engaging stories and personal experience to make the ideas accessible and vital to a wide audience."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Eye-opening...The most powerful and persuasive attack on Christian Science to have been written in this century."--Martin Gardner, Los Angeles Times Book Review
A review of Joyce Carol Oates' Dear Husband, and Little Bird of Heaven
Review of Red Mandarin Dress, by Qiu Xiaolong

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The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House book series

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. The Little House books were not only fictionalized but brilliantly edited, a profound act of myth-making and self-transformation. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and uncovering the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.

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Prairie Fires is on The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2017!

Praise for Prairie Fires:

*On The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2017
*On The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017
*Cover of The New York Times Book Review
*Booklist (starred review) calls it "Unforgettable...A magisterial biography which surely must be called definitive."
*Publishers Weekly calls it "Engrossing...Exhilarating."
*An Amazon Best Book of November 2017
*On Amazon's Top 20 Biographies of the Year
*A Library Reads Top 10 Books of November
*One of BBC Culture's Top 10 Books of November
*One of Bustle's 13 Best New Nonfiction Books of November
*Featured in Time Magazine and on NPR

Historian Patricia Nelson Limerick's review of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, November 26, 2017.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, published in the UK by Fleet, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group.

Slate Q&A with Bill Anderson, editor of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Selected Letters.

Caroline Fraser’s interview with William Anderson, editor of the new Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, covers the enduring popularity of the Little House books, as well as the prickly relationship between Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Library of America's two-volume edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books, edited by Caroline Fraser.

Rewilding the World offers the first definitive account of a visionary campaign to confront the mass extinction crisis, which--if unchecked--may destroy half of all species of plants and animals on earth by the end of the century. Breathtaking in scope and ambition, rewilding aims to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and brokering peace between people and predators. Traveling with wildlife biologists and conservationists, Fraser reports on the vast projects that are turning Europe's former Iron Curtain into a greenbelt, creating transfrontier Peace Parks to renew elephant routes throughout Africa, and linking protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico and beyond.

An inspiring story of scientific discovery and grassroots action, Rewilding the World offers hope for a richer, wilder future.