The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name
The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the 1902 stage play and the extremely popular, highly acclaimed 1939 film version. The story chronicles the adventures of a girl named Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Thanks in part to the 1939 MGM movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular 1902 Broadway musical Baum adapted from his story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.
The original book has been in the public domain in the US since 1956. Baum dedicated the book “to my good friend & comrade, My Wife”, Maud Gage Baum. In January 1901, George M. Hill Company, the publisher, completed printing the first edition, which probably totaled around 35,000 copies.
Records indicate that 21,000 copies were sold through 1900. Historians, economists and literary scholars have examined and developed possible political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. However, the majority of the reading public simply takes the story at face value.
This was offered as a free audio book so naturally I listened to it and found out many things I did not realize.
!. The movie is very very very different from the book.
2. Dorothy’s show in the book are silver not red.
3. The Tin Man in the book is the WoodCutter and was once human.
4.There were many creatures in the book that didn’t make the movie cut, one being a kingdom of field mice.
5. In Oz you had to wear green spectacles that were locked on so you would think everything was green.
6. The Flying Monkeys would grant three wishes to anyone that possessed the golden cap
and so on and so on.
I couldn’t believe it. There was so much more to the story than the movie showed.
If you think you know The Wizard of Oz, think again.
Pick up a copy and read or listen and you will be amazed.