“Stand Entirely on My Own Feet” Rose Wilder Lane's Literary Declarations of Independence
[T]he joy of freedom . . . comes to one afresh from a thousand little incidents. To go where one wants to go, when one wants to, without consulting any other person's needs or plans; to have no standing appointment, so that one may have companionship or solitude as one's mood dictates; in a word, to have nobody in one's life but one's self—that is both peace and exhilaration.
—Rose Wilder Lane, “If I Could Live My Life Over Again”
She is a person of unbounded energy, sincere simplicities, of often profound intuitive thought, of insight and understanding. A woman with the rare mixture of good looks, unusual personality and common sense. You also soon discover that she is a person of amazing contradictions, fundamentally the sort of contradictions that make it possible for her to be a globetrotter and still remain a simple, homey woman.
—“At Home in the Ozarks, ” Kansas City Star, June 28, 1925
In 1935, one of the Saturday Evening Post's most popular authors, Rose Wilder Lane, composed an autobiographical sketch for readers