American Masters

PBS | 8:00 pm

Emmy-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy takes a clear-eyed look at American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, a Midwestern farm woman who published her first novel at age 65 and turned her frontier childhood into the bestselling "Little House" books. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, photographs and family artifacts, the documentary explores the context in which Wilder lived and wrote, as well as the true nature of her personality. Victor Garber narrates; interviewees include Melissa Gilbert and other cast members of the hit TV series adaptation, "Little House on the Prairie."