The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition ...Read MoreThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition explores 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A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations.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. A beautiful, awe-inspiring work, ?The Annotated Wizard of Oz? is an enduring tribute to the timeless joy of ?The Wizard of Oz?, and a classic to rival Baum's own.Read Less
Good Soft cover. Â Oversized. Â Clean text--NO writing, NO highlighting to text. Â 2" closed tear along head of rear cover. touch of wear to cover. Soft cover. Â Oversized. Â Clean text--NO writing, NO highlighting to text. Â
Denslow, W. W. Very Good. No Jacket. Sm4to from 9" to 11" 354 pp, yel cloth covered boards w/green lettering on spine & front cover, color illustrated endpaper maps, glossy yel-green dj w/black-green lettering, dj several small tears along top & bottom edges. The book is an extensive study of L. Frank Baum and his Land of Oz. The author discusses Baum's life, this tale's relation to the European tradition, the obscure contemporary references in the book, the sources of the characters, and the meaning of the word "Oz. " Contains color text illustrations of Denslow drawings. some foxing on the fore edge.
The best thing about this book is that it reproduces the original as it first appeared, with the clever integration of text and illustrations. Unless money is a major consideration, you shouldn't purchase any edition that's text-only.
The annotations give a good view of what Baum was trying to achieve, as well as insight (both favorable and unfavorable) into his writing abilities. There is also a longish (for a bood of this size) biography of Baum.
Jun 5, 2007
A Classic Tale with an In-Depth Look
Who doesn't know the tale of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ? Well, now you can know the story behind it. This is L. Frank Baum's classic tale with little bits of trivia added throughout. You can now learn as you read. The notes include such info as the creation of the book and characters, info on the author, explanations and much more. A must have for die-hard OZ book fans!
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