Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

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As a young widow with a small child, Elinore Pruitt left Denver in 1909 and set out for Wyoming, where she hoped to buy a ranch. Determined to prove that a lone woman could survive the hardships of homesteading, she initially worked as a housekeeper and hired hand for a neighbor — a kind but taciturn Scottish bachelor whom she eventually married.
Spring and summers were hard, she concedes, and were taken up with branding, farming, doctoring cattle, and other chores. But with the arrival of fall, Pruitt found time to take her young daughter on camping trips and serve her neighbors as midwife, doctor, teacher, Santa Claus, and friend. She provides a candid portrait of these and other experiences in twenty-six letters written to a friend back in Denver.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as "warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative," this unsurpassed classic of American frontier life — enhanced with original illustrations by N. C. Wyeth — will charm today''s audience as much as it fascinated readers when it was first published in 1914.

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Warmly delightful, vigorously affirmative. ― The Wall Street Journal

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bam
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Delightful read on homesteading in frontier Wyoming
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
This is a delightful book. It takes some patience to get through the first few letters, but the reader who does so will be richly rewarded. The story is comprised of a series of letters written to a former employer and friend by a young widow who has gone to Wyoming with... See more
This is a delightful book. It takes some patience to get through the first few letters, but the reader who does so will be richly rewarded. The story is comprised of a series of letters written to a former employer and friend by a young widow who has gone to Wyoming with her toddler to homestead. She is able to successfully build up a ranch in what we would consider challenging circumstances. Along the way she marries and has 3 little boys, the first of whom dies in infancy. She joyfully records the events of her days, not considering as hardship the life she has chosen on the frontier. Instead, she revels in the natural beauty of her surroundings and in the friendships forged with like-minded independent women from her far-flung frontier community. She and her closest friends live unselfishly, lavishing loving kindness in words and deeds on those less fortunate than themselves, always ready to face the unexpected with courage and good humor. These letters depict extravagant hospitality (think impromptu weddings, spur of the moment feasts for strangers, and designing and sewing wardrobes for a whole family in need within just a few days time) and happiness derived from a deep gratitude for life''s smallest blessings and pleasure in the service to others.
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Janet Crane
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Wonderful honest read.
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2021
I''ve read many true accounts of homesteading in the 1800''s. This was a true joy to read as it is the actual letters written to a friend back east telling of her adventures out west. I lived a few miles away from this homestead many years ago so the names of towns & canyons... See more
I''ve read many true accounts of homesteading in the 1800''s. This was a true joy to read as it is the actual letters written to a friend back east telling of her adventures out west. I lived a few miles away from this homestead many years ago so the names of towns & canyons are very familiar. I plan to purchase more of these books as gifts for others to enjoy. A great accidental find to treasure for years.
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I /Would Give This Book TEN Stars if Possible!
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2009
I found this little book to be one of the most interesting and well written diary/letters books I''ve ever read - and I have read MANY! Thankfully, the editors resisted the urge to "correct" spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, thus giving the reader a better... See more
I found this little book to be one of the most interesting and well written diary/letters books I''ve ever read - and I have read MANY! Thankfully, the editors resisted the urge to "correct" spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, thus giving the reader a better understanding of the writer. I found myself drawn into the story immediately and couldn''t wait to get to the next chapter/letter. Elinore Stewart was indeed a "writer" of the highest degree. Her ability to draw the reader into the story is unrivaled and her descriptions of the West - the sunsets, the mountains, fields of grain, the homesteads - everything she writes about seems to come alive. I found myself becoming extremely disappointed as I neared the end of the book, for I was left wanting MORE. Nothing less than a full NOVEL would have left me satisfied and even then, I''m sure I would have still wanted more. The reading is so enjoyable and flows beautifully so that even a young person doing research for a school project would enjoy this little book as reference material. I was sad to see my small book come to an end and would have loved to read more and more of the letters written to her old employer/friend. I heartily recommend this book to anyone seeking knowledge of women homesteaders in the American West, or to anyone simply wanting an enjoyable read where you are drawn into the life of the writer and her family before you even realize it.
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Constance Feathers
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Inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2011
This book was a great read. My maiden name is Pruitt, which is not too common, and is why I chose it in the first place. I would certainly be proud to have Elinore as a relative, as she astounded me with her skills and fearlessness. She takes her child out camping... See more
This book was a great read. My maiden name is Pruitt, which is not too common, and is why I chose it in the first place. I would certainly be proud to have Elinore as a relative, as she astounded me with her skills and fearlessness. She takes her child out camping overnight in the woods, where she kills their dinner, dresses it, cooks it over a fire she has started by herself. She does this because she considers it fun, but it was a tremendous amount of work, not to mention dangerous.

I love her sense of humor. And this account tells us just how tough our pioneers were.
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Dark Walker
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An unforgettable account of a woman homesteader in the West
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2019
I have loved this book for a long time and the movie too. It is such an authentic account of the times, made more remarkable by the weiter’s ability to find such great joy in her adventure.
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Pamh
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What women can do if they set there minds to it
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021
Day in day out. How she prospered.
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I also enjoyed this book a great deal
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2018
This is a very engaging book. The author of the letters has a very descriptive way of writing. I was reading this book out loud to my residents at both a Skilled Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Home. Both communities were drawn into her life and could visualize what... See more
This is a very engaging book. The author of the letters has a very descriptive way of writing. I was reading this book out loud to my residents at both a Skilled Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Home. Both communities were drawn into her life and could visualize what they were hearing. (Per their comments to me). I also enjoyed this book a great deal.
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one of the best.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
one of my favorite pioneer accounts. composed as genuine letters so giving a casual, personal touch yet extremely well written. a natural writer. lots of humor, courage and good will. the salt if the earth. The illustrations are priceless.
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Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online

Letters of a lowest Woman new arrival Homesteader (Dover Books on Americana) online