The Scarecrow Of Oz (1915)

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781164321606
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum
Not only is L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz one of the most enduring and magical children’s books ever written, it’s also -- with its adventurousness and its lessons of resourcefulness, friendship, courage, and self-reliance -- one of the most American.

Biography

Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Aunt Em -- where would our national psyche be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? L. Frank Baum, who created a story with an indelible, sometimes haunting impression on so many people, led a life that had a fairy-tale quality of its own.

Baum was born in 1856 to a family that had made a fortune in the oil business. Because he had a heart condition, his parents arranged for him to be tutored privately at the family’s Syracuse estate, “Roselawn.” As an adult, though, Baum flourished and failed at a dizzying variety of ventures, from writing plays to a stint with his family’s medicinal oil business (where he produced a potion called “Baum’s Castorine”), to managing a general store, to editing the Aberdeen Pioneer in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1897, following his mother-in-law’s advice, Baum wrote down the stories that he told his children. The firm of Way & Williams published the stories under the title Mother Goose in Prose, with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, and Baum’s career as a writer was launched.

With the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, Baum gained instant success. The book, lavishly produced and featuring voluptuous illustrations by William Wallace Denslow, was the bestselling children’s book of the year. It also set a new standard for children’s literature. As a commentator for the September 8, 1900 New York Times described it, “The crudeness that was characteristic of the oldtime publications...would now be enough to cause the modern child to yell with rage and vigor...” The reviewer praised the book’s sheer entertainment value (its “bright and joyous atmosphere”) and likened it to The Story of the Three Bears for its enduring value. As the film industry emerged in the following years, few books were as manifestly destined for adaptation, and although it took almost four decades for a movie studio to translate Baum’s vision to film, the 1939 film did for the movies what Baum’s book had done for children’s literature: that is, raised the imaginative and technical bar higher than it had been before.

The loss of parents, the inevitable voyage toward independence, the yearning for home -- in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum touched upon a child’s primal experiences while providing a rousing story of adventure. As his health declined, Baum continued the series with 14 more Oz books (his publisher commissioned more by other authors after his death), but none had quite the effect on the reading public that the first one did. Baum died from complications of a stroke in 1919.

Good To Know

Baum founded the National Association of Window Trimmers and published a magazine for the window-trimming trade – he also raised exotic chickens.

Buam was married to Maud Gage, a daughter of the famous women’s rights advocate Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, George Brooks, Edith Van Dyne, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Louis F. Baum, Lyman Frank Baum (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 15, 1856
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chittenango, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1919
    2. Place of Death:
      Hollywood, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    It's the Best Oz book!

    You have to read it! It's the bomb for any age!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I just have to leave a review, after reading the earlier 1-star

    I just have to leave a review, after reading the earlier 1-star review, complaining about the book not having illustrations, and saying to wait for the Eltanin Publishing version. People might be confused, because Barnes & Noble is totally screwing up and putting ALL reviews of ALL The Scarecrow of Oz books together. So this review complaining about some OTHER version shows up for the Eltanin version (and vice versa). Anyway, that person was right - get the Eltanin version which is now available for The Scarecrow of Oz. Use my recommendation link, or just search for Eltanin. They include all the illustrations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    I love this book

    Everybody else that reads this book and thinks its good right a good comment if you thinks its bad right a bad comment.If yall like the Wizards Of Oz yall should like this book because it has the charecter off of the Wizards Of Oz

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Ok

    It is ok.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Loved it

    Another great book from this publisher. These are the best and beautifully done. The illustrations are wonderful. Before purchasing one of the Oz books, make sure it is from Eltanin Publishing. They are the very best versions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    I got this ebook expecting it would have the illustrations. No i

    I got this ebook expecting it would have the illustrations. No illustrations. Wait for the Eltanin Publications ebook version. They are superior to any other. One star for the missing illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Okok

    Okkook

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