L. Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Published: 1900

L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" recounts the adventures of a girl called Dorothy and her dog Toto in the Land of Oz after they are swept away from a Kansas farm by a cyclone.

Helped by the success of the musical and the classic 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, it remains one of the best-loved stories in children’s literature.

Many of the characters and ideas in the story were based on Baum’s own life.

Baum acknowledged the influence of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen; his aim was to write ‘American Fairy Tales’ that included the wonder without the horrors.

When I was growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, they would still show the movie every year during the holidays, and we always watched it. At a time when you still believed in Santa Claus and tooth fairies and other silly childhood dreams, "Oz" on screen was pure magic. It's still one of my all-time favorite movies.

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