L. Frank Baum created a wonderful American fairy tale with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Dorthy is swept up in a tornado, and transported to the land of Oz, where she meets witches, munchkins, flying monkeys, and more. Read more about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
This Norton edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
, by L. Frank Baum, edited by W. W. Denslow and Michael Patrick Hearn. This famous American tale has also been controversial. Michael Patrick Hearn is the world's leading Oz scholar. This annotated edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
offers a number of valuable resources for the study of this novel, including references, character sources, and other materials.
by L. Frank Baum, and Susan Wolstenholme (Editor). Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "Published at the dawn of the twentieth century, 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' (1900) immediately captivated children and adult readers alike. This new edition is the only one to include many of W.W. Denslow's original illustrations... The story of Dorothy and her friends from Oz remains as popular now as when it was first published in 1899."
3. Oz Box Set: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz/The Marvelous Land of Oz/Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum. HarperCollins. From the publisher: "L[yman] Frank Baum, born in Chittenango, New York, in 1856, tried his hand at numerous professions but didn't discover until the age of forty that his true talent lay in writing of fantastic tales. 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,' the first of the fourteen full-length Oz novels, is his most famous work, but he is also known for his many other fantasies and pseudonymous books."
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Kansas Centennial Edition by L. Frank Baum. University Press of Kansas. From the publisher: "L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) is one of America's great literary treasures. From his first published book for children, 'Mother Goose in Prose' (1897), until his last, G'linda of Oz' (1920), he produced a rich array of fairy tales, fantasy, and whimsy for the reading pleasure of millions of Americans, young and old alike. In all, he produced fourteen full-length Oz books."
by L. Frank Baum. Modern Library. From the publisher: "L. Frank Baums timeless classic 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was the ﬁrst uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story has entertained and beguiled readers of all ages since it was ﬁrst published in 1900."
by Michael O. Riley. University Press of Kansas. From the publisher: "Long before Judy Garland sang 'Over the Rainbow,' the denizens of Oz had already captivated the American reading public. The quintessential American fairy tale, L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' has had a singular influence on our culture since it first appeared in 1900. Yet, as Michael Riley shows, Baum's achievement went far beyond this one book, or even the thirteen others he wrote about that magic kingdom."
7. Wonderful World of Oz: The Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, Glinda of Ozby L. Frank Baum, Jack D. Zipes (Editor). Penguin. From the publisher: "Tapping into a deeply rooted desire in himself and his readers to live in a peaceful country in which relationships were based not on commodity exchange but on the sharing of talents and gifts, Baum's imaginative creation, like all great utopian literature, holds out the possibility for change."
by Katharine M. Rogers. Da Capo Press. From the publisher: "In this adult biography of Baum, Katharine M. Rogers discusses some of the aspects that made his work unique and have likely contributed to Oz's long-lasting appeal, including Baum's early support of feminism and how it was reflected in his characters, his interest in theosophy and how it took form in his books, and the celebration in his stories of traditional American values."
9. The Historian's Wizard of Oz : Reading L. Frank Baum's Classicby Ranjit S. Dighe. Praeger Publishers. From the publisher: "'The Historian's Wizard of Oz' synthesizes four decades of scholarly interpretations of L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel as an allegory of the Gilded Age political economy and a comment on the gold standard. The heart of the book is an annotated version of 'The Wizard of Oz' that highlights the possible political and monetary symbolism in the book..."
10. All Things Oz : The Wonder, Wit, and Wisdom of The Wizard of Ozby Linda Sunshine. Crown Publishing Group. From the publisher: "Ever since 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was first published, we've been entranced with life in Oz. More than a hundred years later, 'All Things Oz' comes to earth to reignite the imagination and offer safe passage back to the land over the rainbow. Open this book and let the journey begin."