The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900 with illustrations by W.W. Denslow. Baum had seen little luck on the stage, managing a dry goods store and running a newspaper. He had hits with his versions of the Mother Goose tales, but they were nothing compared to the success of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," his "modernized fairy tale."

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"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900 with illustrations by W.W. Denslow. Baum had seen little luck on the stage, managing a dry goods store and running a newspaper. He had hits with his versions of the Mother Goose tales, but they were nothing compared to the success of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," his "modernized fairy tale."

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Carolyn Kellogg is a staff writer covering books and publishing. She wants to know the last great book you read. @paperhaus


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