Bess Streeter Aldrich House
Bess Streeter Aldrich's house, "The Elms," as viewed from the southeast
Backstory and Context
Bess Streeter Aldrich wrote sporadically in her early life, but after the death of her husband in 1925, she wrote and published to support her family. Aldrich focused primarily on small town and pioneer life, using Elmwood, Nebraska, as a model, though never naming the town specifically in her stories. Aldrich researched novels such as A Lantern in Her Hand through accounts provided to her by actual residents and pioneers of Nebraska. As such, though fictionalized, her stories and novels give readers insight into the lives of these important figures in Midwest and Western settlement and in the development of rural towns.
"House Tours," Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation. January 1st 2006. Accessed March 30th 2020. http://www.bessstreeteraldrich.org/house_tour.html.
Martin, Abigail Ann. "Bess Streeter Aldrich." In Bess Streeter Aldrich, 5-41. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University, 1992. Quoted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Janet Witalec. Vol. 125. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002.
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