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'Little House' Books to Join US Literary Canon

(AP) NEW YORK – Laura Ingalls Wilder, who already holds a special place in the hearts of millions of parents and children, soon will be added to the country’s official literary canon.

The Library of America announced Tuesday that it will issue two volumes this fall of Wilder’s “Little House” series, including “Little House on the Prairie” and “Little House in the Big Woods.” Wilder based the books on her family’s experiences as pioneers in the 19th century. She died in 1957 at age 90.

Founded in 1979, the Library of America specializes in clothbound editions of classic American literature, including such works as “Moby-Dick” and “Portnoy’s Complaint.”

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