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Wilson Rawls born "Woodrow Wilson Rawls" (1913-1984) was an American writer best known for his books Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys"He was born in Scraper, Oklahoma. There were no public schools in Scraper, so Rawls was home schooled on the family farm. He had little interest in reading until his mother bought him a copy of Call of the Wild by [Jack London]when he was ten. Rawls thus became a voracious reader and dreamed of writing a book. In 1928, his family moved to Elkview, West Virginia, and Rawls attended high school in Muskogee until he was forced to leave when the Great Depression came. Afterwards, Wilson moved from place to place working as an itinerant handyman and carpenter on the Alcan Highway in Alaska as well as in Canada and South America. He also worked at Atomic Energy Commission in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He married in 1958 to a lady named Sophie nee Styczinski. Shortly before his marriage Rawls burned all of the stories that he wrote because he didn't think they were any good. After his marriage to Sophie, Rawls told her about them and she encouraged him to start writing again. Sophie typed and edited them for him. In 1969, his first story appeared in the "Saturday Evening Post" and was called "The Hounds of Youth", which would later become "Where the Red Fern Grows."

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