Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Magical Objects
Maya Sonenberg

The original submission for Laura Ingalls Wilders story was darker. And told about abuse and hard times. She grew up poor. (But rich to me!)

The autobiography also covers topics that were not considered appropriate for children, but it’s not that dark, Koupal explained.

Most situations are “left to your imagination,” but Wilder details hints of child molestation, handsy teachers, domestic violence and children out of wedlock.

As a young child in Walnut Grove, Wilder briefly stayed with a family friend and describing waking up one night to a drunk Will Masters standing over her bed.

“Lie down and be still,” Masters told Wilder. He left her alone after Wilder threatened to scream.

Wilder later in the book described Masters as “good for nothing,” who drank in excess.

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