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The letter from NY that changed Laura Ingalls Wilder's life

Clip: 12/29/2020 | 1m 49s | Video has closed captioning.

At age 64, Wilder received unexpected news from a New York editor: She was on her way to becoming a children’s author. The manuscript she had mailed had eventually turned into “Little House in the Big Woods.” Wilder said that upon the book’s success and reading all the letters she received from children around the country she began to think “what a wonderful childhood I had had.”

Aired: 12/29/20

Rating: NR

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