chapter  1
Missouri Ruralist Interview, 1918
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In 1911, Wilder began her writing career as a farm journalist for the Missouri Ruralist . Her breezy, wide-ranging column “ As a Farm Woman Thinks ” ran until 1924. Editor John F. Case decided to profile Wilder in the February 20, 1918, edition of the journal. Case’s interview provides a rare and revealing glimpse of Wilder at fifty. Although a well-known regional writer, successful farmer, and community leader, it would be another two decades before the series of “Little House” books established Wilder as a national figure.