The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Paperback)

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About the Book

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a famous children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow, was originally published in 1900. It has since been reprinted on numerous occasions, most often under the title The Wizard of Oz.

The novel is one of the best-known stories in American literature and has been translated into more than 50 languages. The Library of Congress has declared it “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale”. Its great success of the Broadway musical adaptation led Baum to write thirteen additional Oz books that serve as official sequels to the first story. The first edition sold 10,000 copies quickly. By 1956 when it came in public domain, five million copies of the Oz books had been published in the English language, while hundreds of thousands had been published in eight foreign languages.

As the readership of the novel spread from America to other parts of the world, it became an established part of multiple cultures. The novel’s film adaptation in 1939 has made it a classic of popular culture, shown annually on American television from 1959 to 1991 and then several times every year beginning in 1999. In recent times, the story has become an American stage production with an all-black cast, set in the context of modern African-American culture.

The novel received positive critical reviews soon after its release. The New York Times wrote that it would immensely appeal to children. It also praised the illustrations as a pleasant complement to the text.

About the Author

L. FRANK BAUM (1856-1919), an American author, was chiefly known for his children’s books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He was a prolific writer who wrote 13 novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and numerous other works, including 83 short stories, more than 200 poems, and many scripts.

Baum started writing early in his life, prompted by his father who bought him a cheap printing press. His younger brother Henry Clay Baum helped him publish several issues of The Rose Lawn Home Journal. His first book was published in 1886 when he was 30 years old.

Subsequently, Baum developed interest in the theater and could not stay away from the stage. He also performed in plays under the stage names of Louis F. Baum and George Brooks. His father built for him a theatre in Richburg, New York, and Baum set about writing plays and gathering a company to act in them. His The Maid of Arran—a melodrama with songs based on William Black’s novel—A Princess of Thule, was a moderate success. His aunt Katharine Gray was the founder of Syracuse Oratory School, and Baum advertised his services in her catalog to teach theatre. He did various types of jobs for the theatre.

In 1897, he wrote and published Mother Goose in Prose, a collection of Mother Goose rhymes written as prose stories and illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. It was again a moderate success but enabled Baum to quit his sales job to concentrate on writing. In 1899, he partnered with illustrator W.W. Denslow to publish  Father Goose, His Book, a collection of nonsense poetry. The book became the best-selling children’s book of the year.

Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became so popular that after reading it, thousands of children wrote letters to him, requesting that he craft another story about Oz. In 1904, he wrote and published the first sequel, The Marvelous Land of Oz. He also wrote sequels in 1907, 1908, and 1909.

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AuthorL. Frank Baum
Original PriceINR 125
Publication Year2017
PublisherPeacock Books
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