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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s latest book from the State Historical Society wins design award

Pierre, SD—The third installment of the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project, “Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts,” written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal, has been shortlisted for the Scholarly Typographic Award at the Association of University Presses.

The annual AUPresses Book, Jacket and Journal Show is in its 57th year honoring scholarly publishers worldwide. This year, a virtual presentation of all the winners is available at

“I was especially thrilled to discover designers who find ways to break free from traditional typography, not just to draw attention to themselves, but to illuminate content, or simply to delight the reader,” said said 2022 awards jury member Stephen Coles.

For generations, the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder have defined the American frontier and the pioneering experience for the general public. “Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts” features three typescripts of Wilder’s original “Pioneer Girl” manuscript in an examination of the process by which she and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, turned her autobiography into the much-loved Little House series. As the women refined the narrative from draft to draft, a picture emerges of the working relationship between the women, the lives they lived, and the literary works they created.

Koupal and other Pioneer Girl Project editors provide a meticulous study of the Wilder/Lane partnership as Wilder’s autobiography undergoes revision, and women redevelop and expand parts of it in children’s and young adult novels at Wilder’s success and in Lane’s best-selling adult novels of the 1930s. writer and editor. In substantive essays and annotations, Koupal and his team of writers provide historical context and explore the ways in which Wilder or Lane changed and reused the material.

“‘Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts’ makes new observations that are sure to spark new debates and discussions centering on the writer-editor relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane,” writes Wilder’s researcher and best-selling author. , William Anderson. “The annotations provide excellent documentary background and reveal the behind-the-scenes work that led to the now classic Little House series.”

Wilder and Lane’s partnership has long been the subject of speculation, but “Revised Texts” is the first work to explore the relationship between the women by examining the evolution of surviving manuscripts. Showing the differences in the texts and offering many additional materials and manuscript revisions, the editors create a rich resource that scholars can use to assess the editorial and editorial principles, choices, and reasoning that Lane used to shape the manuscripts in view. of their publication. Readers can follow as Wilder becomes a novelist that “no depression could stop.”

Wilder (1867-1957) completed her autobiography, “Pioneer Girl”, in 1930, when she was 63 years old. Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, Wilder used his original manuscript to write a series of bestselling books for young readers. Wilder died in Mansfield, Missouri, at age 90 on February 10, 1957.

Koupal is the director and editor of the Pioneer Girl Project. She earned a master’s degree in English from Morehead State University in Kentucky and did postgraduate work in American Literature at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She founded the South Dakota Historical Society Press in 1997. Koupal is also the editor of “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder”.

The South Dakota Historical Society Press is committed to producing books reflecting the rich and varied history of the Northern Great Plains. “Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts” is available for $49.95 plus shipping and tax and can be purchased at most bookstores or ordered directly from the South Dakota Historical Society Press. To visit or call 605-773-6009. For distribution information, contact [email protected] To learn more about the Pioneer Girl Project, visit For more information about membership in the State Historical Society, visit


About the South Dakota State Historical Society

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution since 2013, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, archives, and offices for historic preservation, publishing, and administration/development. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

About the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a private, nonprofit charitable organization that seeks funds to assist the South Dakota State Historical Society with programming and projects aimed at preserving South Dakota’s history and heritage for future generations. .


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