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The Annotated Wizard of Oz :  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The Annotated Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum, Michael Patrick Hearn (Editor), W. W. Denslow (Illustrator), Martin Gardner (Preface by)


Published: September 2000
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
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The "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is the quintessential American fairy tale, but it is also a controversial children's book.

This annotated edition illuminates the numerous contemporary references, provides character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz". A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations.

There is a bibliography of L. Frank Baum's published work, every notable "Oz" edition and the stage and cinematic productions from 1939's "The Wizard of Oz", to the 1974 Broadway hit "The Wiz".

Who has not heard of the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy or the Scarecrow? L Frank Baum's immortal tale, on which the film was based, is 100 years old this year and adults and children worldwide show no signs of tiring it. This enchanting, annotated edition comes complete with an illustrated introduction telling the story of the book, its author and the film versions, including the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland. The text itself, a fascimilie of the 1900 edition accompanied by the original illustrations, contains fascinating and varied footnotes ranging from an eye-witness account of an actual cyclone to commentaries on Baum's attitude to violence and cruelty; fairy tale lore and references to contemporary science and politics. Beautifully produced, this is a must for anyone even faintly interested in one of the greatest stories of all time. (Kirkus UK)

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum, born May 15 1856, was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.

His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).

On May 5, 1919, Baum suffered from a stroke. He died quietly the next day, nine days short of his 63rd birthday.His final Oz book, Glinda of Oz, was published on July 10, 1920, a year after his death. The Oz series was continued long after his death by other authors, notably Ruth Plumly Thompson, who wrote an additional nineteen Oz books.

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ISBN: 9780393049923
ISBN-10: 0393049922
Series: The Annotated Books
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: September 2000
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.2 x 22.6  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.45
Edition Number: 1