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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weird Bedfellows: Rose and Laura Wilder and the Politics--Internal and External--of "Juvenile" Fiction

Rose and Laura Wilder and the Little House stories : The New Yorker
“The popularity of the Little House books . . . helped create a constituency for politicians like Reagan who sought to unsettle the so-called liberal consensus established by New Deal politics.” Considering the outcome of the November election, and the present debacle of laissez-faire capitalism, that popularity may have peaked. On the other hand, it may not have. Hard times whet the appetite for survival stories.

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Pamela Uschuk said...

Oops, I loved that series when I was a kid, and I turned out to be leftist liberal. Sometimes, it's hard to pigeon-hole people.

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