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A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations.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".
"I have never known or heard of an American man or woman who has started to read ?The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? and put it down without finishing it." -- James Thurber "Seeing ?The Wizard of Oz? made a writer of me." -- Salman Rushdie
Series: The Annotated Books
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: September 2000
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 22.2 x 3.3
Edition Number: 1