William Anderson (American writer)

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William Anderson (born 1952) is an American author, historian and lecturer. He is a specialist in the subject of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her times.

His interest in American frontier began after reading Little House on the Prairie. He is a director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri and he lives and works as a teacher in Michigan.

He has received many recognitions for his writings, including the Western History Association's Billington Award, the Robinson award of the South Dakota State Historical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities awards and National Council of Social Studies. In September 2002, he was invited to the White House for the third of Laura Bush's American Authors Symposia. The First Lady, a former teacher and librarian, assembled scholars, authors and historians for a conference on the frontier experience.



  • American History Illustrated
  • Saturday Evening Post
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • The Horn Book Magazine
  • Travel and Leisure
  • The World of the Trapp Family
  • River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain
  • The World of Louisa May Alcott
  • Books about the Ingalls and Wilder families, including :
    • Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography
    • The Story of the Ingalls
    • The Story of the Wilders
    • Laura Ingalls Wilder : The Iowa Story

and others.

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