Saturday, May 12, 2012

Letters of a Woman Homesteader

I just finished reading Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart.  It is a compelling group of letters which are actually short stories that chronicles a period in Elinore's life.  It reminds me of today's blogs.

After deciding that work as a laundress in Denver wasn't for her, Elinore Pruitt, a young widowed mother whose husband had died in a railroad accident, accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming, work that she found exceedingly more rewarding and it gave her a chance to get her own homestead. In this delightful collection of letters, she describes these experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Pruitt's charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. The West comes alive, and everyday life becomes captivating. Her writing is clear, witty, and entertaining. The 26 letters are brief and tell about her life on the ranch in the early 1900s. On occasion, language reflects the racial prejudice of the time. Many times, Pruitt attempts to portray the culturally diverse characters she meets by writing their various dialects as they sound.  Elinore Pruitt Stewart was born in 1878. Letters of a Woman Homesteader, first published in 1914, inspired the critically acclaimed movie Heartland.

This was an unpretentious  book and sure to be appreciated by Western history buffs. Amazon offers it free for Kindle, or it can be down loaded as a PDF from


  1. Sounds like a great book, and one I would enjoy.
    Thanks for posting. :)

  2. That sounds like a great book. I like those that chronicle real life. My father loved Western history and he would have read this. xo Diana

  3. I'm a real History fact It was my major in college....thanks for sharing the book with us.



  4. Sounds like a great book! Hop you have a Happy Mother's Day!