Laura Ingalls Wilder's best-selling series of books began with "Little House in the Big Woods," which chronicled her pioneering childhood in the late 1800s. The books were so well-loved that NBC adapted one into a pilot and then a TV series ("Little House on the Prairie") that aired from 1974 to 1982 [source: Suoninen]. "Little House" still airs in syndication in the U.S. and abroad today, and Wilder's popular books are still in print.
However, Wilder didn't publish her first book until she was 64. She started out as a teacher at the age of 15, and married Almanzo Wilder (a farmer) at 18. She wrote several articles on farming and rural life in the early 1900s, eventually becoming poultry editor for the St. Louis Star. Later in life, she started documenting her own story, at her daughter's encouragement. She finally published "Little House in the Big Woods" in 1932 and continued the series about herself and her family, ending with "These Happy Golden Years" in 1943, at age 76 [source: Encyclopædia Britannica].