The Wonderful World of Oz: The Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, Glinda of Oz [NOOK Book]


This fully annotated volume collects three of Baum’s fourteen Oz novels in which he developed his utopian vision and which garnered an immense and loyal following. Also included is a selection of the original illustrations by W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill.
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The Wonderful World of Oz: The Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, Glinda of Oz

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This fully annotated volume collects three of Baum’s fourteen Oz novels in which he developed his utopian vision and which garnered an immense and loyal following. Also included is a selection of the original illustrations by W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill.
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From The Critics
Superbly performed by Jerry Robins and The Colonial Radio Players, five of L. Frank Baum's stories of the lands and characters of Oz come vividly to life in a true "theater of the mind" experience for listeners of all ages. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz is a flawlessly produced, ten cassette, audiobook anthology which includes The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (151 minutes); The Marvelous Land Of Oz (138 minutes); Ozma Of Oz (127 minutes); Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz (133 minutes); and The Road To Oz (134 minutes). A very highly recommended gift for any family with children, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz comes in a colorful, sturdy, plastic album making it ideal for school and community library collections as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440674358
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Lyman Frank Baum is born on 15 May in Chittennango, NY (near Syracuse). His father is a barrel maker, who subsequently goes into the oil business and becomes wealthy.


As a young boy and then teenager he starts up several newspapers and a magazine. In his late teens he becomes interested in the theater, and his father gives him a number of theaters and operas in New York and Pennsylvania to manage.


Writes and publishes a successful musical play, "The Maid of Arran".


Marries Maud Gage. Her mother is a leading figure in the Women's Rights Movement of the time, and a close associate of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.


Baum's father dies and the family fortunes wane. A number of Maud's family have moved to the Dakota Territory, so Frank, Maud, and children join them in Aberdeen (South Dakota). For several years he operates a store, "Baum's Bazaar." It falls victim to hard times in 1890, so he turns to running the local weekly newspaper, The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer.


When the newspaper fails, Frank and family move to Chicago where he takes a job as a reporter for the Evening Post. To make ends meet he also works as a traveling salesman for a china company. He develops characters and situation outlines while on these trips to help him with story telling to his children when back at home.


Teamed with illustrator Maxfield Parrish, he publishes his first childrens book, Mother Goose in Prose. It becomes a modest success and allows him to end his traveling job, which has been difficult for his health.


Teamed with illustrator William Wallace Denslow, he publishes Father Goose, His Book. It is an instant success becoming the best selling childrens book of the year.


The Baum-Denslow team produce another best seller, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Having produced the nation's best selling childrens book for two years running, Baum's reputation as a writer is firmly established.


Baum and Denslow team up with Paul Tietjens and Julien Mitchell to produce an "adultized" version of the Wizard of Oz as a musical extravaganza stage play. It becomes a major hit, touring the nation, and having a 293 night run on Broadway (1902 through 1911).


Baum continues to write childrens books under his own and various pen names. Begins the Oz series with the first sequel in 1904, The Marvelous Land of Oz.


Baum produces a traveling film show, a combination of theater and motion picture, titled Fairylogue and Radio-Plays. It is very expensive to produce and stage, and being for children it is not profitable, so it closes by the end of the year. (The film is subsequently released in 1910 by Selig as four short movies.)


Frank Baum and his family move to Hollywood, California. (His home there becomes known as "Ozcot".) He continues to write and publish childrens books.


With several business associates, Baum forms the Oz Film Manufacturing Company. Their studio is located next to the Universal Film Company. They make a number of films based on the Oz books, but the movie audiences judge them to be for children and the films are not successful. At this early stage of the motion picture industry a children's market has not yet developed. In effect, Baum was before his time! So the Oz Film Manufacturing Company was sold to Universal.


In failing health, Baum continues to write more childrens books, include one Oz story each year.


L. Frank Baum dies on on 5 May, leaving America bereft of its most beloved storyteller of the time. His last book, Glinda of Oz, is posthumously published in 1920.


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

Table of Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts and the Illustrators
The Wizard of Oz 1
The Emerald City of Oz 107
Glinda of Oz 253
Explanatory Notes 359
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    Posted December 20, 2013

    One Of The Best Books Out There....

    This story is about a girl in the state of Kansas. Her family is very strict to her. They do not know what they are about to experience in the weather of that state. This story takes place in the 1930's. It was very windy suddenly. They are about to experience a tornado. The girl is in her room when the tornado was happening. The rest of the family was hiding in the underground waiting for her. Her house gets sucked by the tornado with her in the house. She ends up landing in a very magical land. In that land, there are two kinds of witches, the good witch and the bad witch. The girl killed the bad witch by accident. The good witch gives her ruby red slippers. Dorthy tells the fairy that she wants to go back home. The fairy told her to go to the master of wishes- Oz. She is on her way to the Oz kingdom. meanwhile, she meets a scarecrow, which has to go to the kingdom of Oz for a wish, then later they meet two other characters. The team gets their wishes ( Dorthy, Lion, scarecrow and tin man). Dorthy came back safley to her parents
    I reccomend this book to anyone adventurous.

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