1973 Notable Authors

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August Derleth, 1909-1971
Edna Ferber, 1887-1968
Zona Gale, 1874-1938
Hamlin Garland, 1860-1940
Aldo Leopold, 1887-1948
John Muir, 1838-1914
Reuben Gold Thwaites
Frederick Jackson Turner, 1861-1932
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Reuben Gold Thwaites, 1853-1913

Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853-1913) was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1853, and completed his early education there, eventually pursuing graduate studies as a special student at Yale. He spent most of his adult life in Wisconsin as a librarian, historian, educator, editor, and administrator. He was a newspaper correspondent in Oshkosh from 1872-1876, then moved on to become city editor and then managing editor of the Wisconsin State Journal from 1876-1885. He spent the remainder of his career at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and is known notably for his work there as both author, as well as editor, of the Society’s proceedings and Wisconsin Historical Collections.

American Library Association (President)
Conference of Historical Societies (Co-founder)
Wisconsin History Commission (Secretary and Editor)
Honorary LL.D., University of Wisconsin, 1904

Selected Books
Wisconsin: The Americanization of a French Settlement, 1908
Father Marquette, 1902
The Story of the Black Hawk War, 1892
Down Historic Waterways: Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing upon Illinois and Wisconsin Rivers, 1902
History of Winnebago County & the Fox River Valley, 1541-1877 (originally published in the Oshkosh Times, 1877), 1984

Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957

This beloved children’s author was born in 1867 in Pepin, Wisconsin, which is the setting for her first novel, The Little House in the Big Woods. Most of her work attempts to capture the pioneer experience in America through her childhood experiences in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakota territories. Her books are an honest and vivid combination of autobiography, history, and storytelling. They recapture the joy of her youth in an unsentimental fashion as we follow Laura into young adulthood. As an adult she taught near De Smet, South Dakota and was the household editor and contributing editor of the Missouri Ruralist from 1911-1924. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages and was adapted for a long-running TV series as well as a Broadway musical. She died in 1957 in Mansfield, Missouri.

Newbery Award 1938 On the Banks of Plum Creek
Newbery Award 1940 By the Shores of Silver Lake
Newbery Award 1941 The Long Winter
Newbery Award 1942 Little Town on the Prairie
Newbery Award 1944 These Happy Golden Years
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, American Library Association, 1954
Ozark Hall of Fame 1977
South Dakota Cowboy and Western Hall of Fame 1978

Selected Books
In addition to the titles above:
Little House in the Big Woods, 1932
Farmer Boy, 1933