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In the 1880s, when adventure lay in the conquest of the prairies, David Beaton and his bride came to Dakota to claim three hundred acres of grassland. Rose Wilder Lane tells of their struggle to survive with such force that Free Land has become a classic frontier novel. The young couple experience cyclones, droughts, and blizzards that isolate them for days in their sod shanty and endanger their livestock. The simple pleasures of home cooking, horse trading, and socializing interrupt work, here described in its wealth of variety. In every detail, Free Land comes to life because Lane grew up in the time and place of which she writes. The book embodies her belief that "living is never easy, that all human history is a record of achievement in disaster, and that our great asset is the valor of the American spirit." Like the Beatons of this novel, Rose Wilder Lane's parents homesteaded in Dakota. Lane was a successful novelist and journalist when, in the 1930s, she encouraged and helped her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, to write the Little House on the Prairie books that were later dramatized for television.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780803279148
ISBN-10: 0803279140
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1984
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » A story of homesteading in Dakota, bearing perhaps too close a resemblance to Let The Hurricane Roar in general pattern and some details, but showing a distinct advance in handling. Both books have a decided emotional appeal. The young couple, high in hopes at first, battling blizzards, cyclones, heat, drought, thievery, loneliness, poverty, somehow win through to a certain strength and stability. It is a vigorous and moving story - a slice out of the American scene. And eminently readable. (Kirkus Reviews)

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