Our Landlady

Our Landlady

by L. Frank Baum

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Baum�s 48 Aberdeen, South Dakota newspaper columns written in 1890-91. See more details below


Baum�s 48 Aberdeen, South Dakota newspaper columns written in 1890-91.

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Library Journal
Baum, best known for his writings about a place called Oz, here takes a humorous look at South Dakota life in 1890. The assorted tales of landlady Sairy Ann Bilkins were originally published as a column in the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer, and several were collected and printed as a single volume in 1941. This, however, is the first complete edition. It additionally includes period illustrations and annotations by scholar Nancy Tystad Koupal.
Great Plains Quarterly
"It is widely known that L. Frank Baum spent several years in South Dakota before moving to Chicago, where he wrote the Oz books that made him famous. . . . Koupal carefully lays out the complexities and ambiguities of Baum’s thinking by providing us with the full texts of Baum’s columns published weekly in the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer between January 1890 and February 1891, and by adding her own commentary and a glossary to place these writings in context. Entitled ‘Our Landlady,’ the column described in a generally humorous vein the conversations and activities of four fictional characters—the landlady and three of her regular boarders—and a wide variety of prominent local residents of Aberdeen."—Great Plains Quarterly
Western Historical Quarterly
"Readers will be grateful to Koupal for this amusing and edifying supplement to our understanding of one of the giants of American popular culture."—Western Historical Quarterly
South Dakota History
"Baum’s humor is of the biting kind. . . . Readers of Our Landlady will find the beginnings of Baum’s wonderful world of humor as well as an informative look at life in a prairie state."—South Dakota History
Baum Bugle
"Koupal is an admirable editor. It’s hard to see how the work could be improved."—Baum Bugle

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University of Nebraska Press
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