The Annotated Wizard of Oz

The Annotated Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
A lavishly illustrated, annotated edition, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Baum's birth, offers insight into the author's contemporary references, includes a facsimile of a rare 1900 first edition, and is complemented by previously unpublished drawings.

Norton Pub
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A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations.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.
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.

Book News
The first striking thing about this book is its elegant dust jacket made to look like a copper plate. But the eye candy stretches past the front cover, nearly every page with either color illustrations or distinctive frames, fleurons, and figures around the text. Not surprising to those who've taken some literature classes, the annotations following a page of text are often far longer than whatever bit of text they illustrate. But if the reader should find academicism beside the point, annotations are easy to skip because Baum's story is written in larger type. This edition is for both kids and kiddie litters, the latter interested in such tidbits as the Dorothy-type farmgirl character called Dot, Dolly, and Doris in other works by Frank Baum, and the reigning theory that Dorothy lived in Kansas, yes, but more specifically, Topeka. Reprinted from the 1900 edition with many of the original drawings by W.W. Denslow. Oversize: 9.5x10.5. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

An annotated version of the classic tale of Dorothy's trip to Oz includes character sources, contemporary references, and inspirations behind the 1900 classic.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2000
Edition: Centennial ed
ISBN: 9780393049923
Branch Call Number: 813.52 BAU
Characteristics: cii, 396 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm


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Aug 02, 2005

You''ve never seen THE WIZARD OF OZ like this! Published in 2000 to celebrate the book''s centennial, THE ANNOTATED WIZARD OF OZ is a masterful work, with the original text and illustrations augmented with an introduction of over 100 pages and extensive footnotes detailing the story''s minutiae. Cross-references to the other Oz books and the 1939 MGM film, facts and figures about the author''s life and times, in-jokes, info on the illustrator and his works, and obscure (and not-so-obscure) references abound. Knowing the details only adds to the reader''s enjoyment and understanding of this classic children''s book.


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