Little House in Albania Rose Wilder Lane and the Transnational Home Donna Campbell “Change the beginning of the story if you want,” a weary Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote to her daughter late in 1937. “Do anything you please with the damn stuff if you will fi x it up” (qtd. in Holtz, Ghost in the Little House 279). Th e “stuff ” to which Wilder referred was the manuscript of By the Shores of Silver Lake, the latest in the increasingly successful series of “Little House” books for children that Wilder had written based on her prairie childhood, and her correspondent was not simply her daughter but Rose Wilder Lane, an acclaimed journalist and novelist in her own right. As her mother’s fame came to eclipse her own, Lane became best known for being her mother’s daughter, the “baby Rose” of Wilder’s Th e First Four Years and the unseen presence behind the success of the Little House books. But in 1937 it was Lane, not Wilder, who was an established literary fi gure. In her early career as a journalist for the San Francisco Bulletin Lane covered events such as the construction of the Hetch- Hetchy Dam, and
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