Books by Robynne
Whether you love her, hate her, or love to hate her, Nellie Oleson is one of most recognizable literary figures of the 20th century. But Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series in which Nellie appears, had a secret. . .Nellie wasn’t a real person!
Instead, she was a composite character created from three girls Laura knew from childhood: Nellie Owens, Genevieve Masters, and Estella Gilbert.
There’s not a whole lot written about Ma, the mother of famed Little House on the Prairie author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. And I always wondered why.
So I set about looking for her. . .in family letters, bits of biography, and through the words she spoke throughout the Little House series.
The Ma I thought I’d find wasn’t the one I discovered.
Would you like to meet her?
I think you’ll be happy that you did.
This project is a critical paper partially fulfilling the requirements for a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction and Fiction at Ashland University.
It examines the works of beloved pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder, teasing out the elements of her stories that were Nonfiction, Memoir, or Fiction, and entering into a discussion about the impact using these various writing techniques had on her individual stories and her narrative arc as a whole.
We all know that the pioneers were masters of resourcefulness. But did you know this skill applied to the beverages they drank, too? They knew how to clarify their cloudy coffee (and you will NOT believe how!), brew whatever was at hand to create makeshift coffee, and create medicinal “teas” from beef.
Pioneer Mixology explores the fascinating and often quirky history of pioneer-era beverages and offers authentic recipes for everything from drinks mentioned in the Little House series, right through to beverages that would, um, NEVER pass the Ingalls lips!