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The Annotated Wizard of Oz

The Annotated Wizard of Oz


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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its publication, a beautifully illustrated annotation of The Wizard of Oz, complete with an exact reproduction of the original 1900 edition.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition explores numerous contemporary references, provides character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz." A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations. There is a bibliography of L. Frank Baum's published work, every notable "Oz" edition, and the stage and cinematic productions from 1939's The Wizard of Oz, to the 1974 Broadway hit, The Wiz. A beautiful, awe-inspiring work, The Annotated Wizard of Oz is an enduring tribute to the timeless joy of The Wizard of Oz, and a classic to rival Baum's own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393049923
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2000
Series: Annotated Books Series , #1
Edition description: A Centennial Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 132,443
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) was an American author, poet, playwright, actor, and independent filmmaker best known today as the creator—along with illustrator W. W. Denslow—of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen Oz sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works, and brought several of his works to the stage and screen. His is known to his fans as "The Royal Historian of Oz."

Michael Patrick Hearn has written for the New York Times, The Nation, and many other publications. His books include From the Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children's Book Illustration and The Porcelain Cat; he has edited The Victorian Fairy Tale Book, The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Christmas Carol, and The Annotated Huckleberry Finn. Hearn lives in New York City.

W. W. Denslow (1856-1915) was a prolific illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist, best remembered for his work in collaboration with author L. Frank Baum, especially his illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first of the Oz books. An editorial cartoonist with a strong interest in politics, Denslow also illustrated his own books including Denslow's Mother Goose (1901), Denslow's Night Before Christmas (1902) and the 18-volume Denslow's Picture Books series (1903-4). The royalties from the print and stage versions of The Wizard of Oz were sufficient to allow Denslow to purchase Bluck's Island in Bermuda, and crown himself King Denslow I. However, he drank his money away, and he died in obscurity, of pneumonia.

Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on Lewis Carroll and his work. The author of more than a hundred books, he wrote the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and has been hailed by Douglas Hofstadter as "one of the great intellects produced in this country in this century."

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1856

Date of Death:

May 6, 1919

Place of Birth:

Chittenango, New York

Place of Death:

Hollywood, California


Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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The Annotated Wizard of Oz 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this as a Christmas present for our daughter who is a huge Wizard of Oz fan. She absolutely loves this book--she's not very easily impressed. I strongly recommend this book for the hard to please Wizard of Oz fan on your shopping list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good 100th annerversiry additon. I enjoyed the extras that were included and the workmanship of the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to send your imagination to far away lands filled with magical and imaginative things, the Wizard of Oz is a must. It is a great way to spark interest in a child or adult who do not normally enjoy reading. It inspired my son to read the entire Wizard of Oz series, which led to him reading entire stacks of various books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this book was outstanding! It told why things were named that and how everything came into place with the movie vs. the book. I never knew some of the scenes that took place until I read the book.. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, in my own opinion, think that THE WIZARD OF OZ is a wonderful and thrilling book. I am shocked and hurt to find that people don't see this book as a novel, but as a movie made in 1939. I think that if people would open their minds and look at this book and pay attention, they would look at the book and/or the movie differently.
buried_n_books on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't been blessed with the time or renewing privileges at my local library to continue finishing this book. I used it in a research class where I wrote a paper on The Wizard of Oz and it's "political allegory". With other sources and this one (this one being my absolute favorite) I actually ended up disproving my thesis. It was a genuine learning experience that I have not yet finished but am working on bit by bit. Full of information on Denslow, Baum, etc. as well as prints of original plates, etc.Absolutely spectacular!I would recommend it not only as a resource, but also a great and fascinating piece of reading.
riofriotex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading Gregory Maguire¿s version of Oz in Wicked and Son of a Witch, I felt I needed to return to the original, which I hadn¿t read before. Like many of us, my entire knowledge of the story is from the 1939 movie. I had purchased this centennial edition for my college¿s children¿s literature collection, and this was a great excuse to read it. The book incorporates facsimiles of Baum¿s 1900 publication, including the original artwork by Denslow. Hearn has added extensive annotations to the text, as well as a 98-page introduction with background on the author and illustrator (and many relevant photographs and drawings). It¿s a gorgeous book.I learned, among other things, that the ¿ruby slippers¿ of the movie were actually ¿silver shoes¿ in the book (a detail that was correct in Wicked), and that the Tin Woodman was in fact the woodcutter upon whose ax Elphaba¿s sister, Nessarose (aka the Wicked Witch of the East), casts an evil spell that resulted in his slowly but surely being turned into tin. Interestingly enough, in Wicked, Nessarose has no arms, an implication that she may be the product of her mother¿s affair with the Quadling Turtle Heart. In the original Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her friends encounter the armless Hammer-Heads in Quadling country, near the end of the book, after Dorothy has killed the Wicked Witch of the West.
chuchu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to second the opinion that the annotations are dull. Definitely not as delightful or well-annotated as the Annotated Alice, although this book comes with more front material. A good investment for the avid OZ fan.
Stbalbach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three books in one. 1) The original story with all the original illustrations reproduced exactly as appeared in the first edition (this is the only re-production edition available). 2) A 102 page literary history with extensive biography of Baum and his works and illustrator Denslow. 3) Extensive annotated notes.Michael Hearn is the master of annotation and this is just one in a series he has done including The Christmas Carol and Huckleberry Finn. The factual detail is dense, but always relevant and interesting. Oz may be a "kids story" but this is serious adult entertainment.
dominus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The annotations are dull; Michael Patrick Hearn is no Martin Gardner, and just couldn't seem find much to say.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not only does the story remain as magical as ever, but the annotations are really first rate. There's also a great introduction, and an appendix of Denslow's illustrations.
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