Did you know that “America’s greatest home-grown fairytale “, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published in 1900? Since then, L. Frank Baum’s novel, has been translated into more than 50 languages and has had millions of copies printed and sold. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz tells the story of a young girl, Dorothy, who is carried off by a tornado and brought to the magical land of Oz. In her quest to return home, she meets new friends: the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was very popular and has been adapted into numerous plays, musicals, films, television shows and more.
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The first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, had only had 10,000 copies printed. By the time the novel entered public domain in 1956, more than 3 million copies were printed.
The first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was illustrated by W.W. Denslow.
The Library of Congress called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale”. It also appears on the list of first American fantasy for children and one of the most-read children’s books.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been adapted into musicals, theater, film, television shows, comics, and more. When the original copyright expired many unofficial sequels, reinterpretations and spin-off shows.
L. Frank Baum referred to himself as the “Royal Historian of Oz” instead of the author of the Oz books. This was to emphasize the idea with the reader that Oz was an actual place.
Initially L. Frank Baum did not write The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a sequel in mind. Thousands of children wrote letters to him, requesting more stories from Oz. L. Frank Baum wrote an addition 13 books set in the Land of Oz.
After L. Frank Baum’s death, about 26 additional ‘Oz’ books were published that are considered to be part of the original canon.
The inspiration for the “yellow brick road” may have come from Peekskill, New York, where Baum attended a military academy. At the time, there was a road that was paved by yellow bricks.
Scholars list the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair or the Hotel Del Coronado as inspirations for the Emerald City.
L. Frank Baum once said that the name ‘OZ’ came from his filing cabinet which was labeled ‘O-Z’. Others suggest that the name may also come from a nickname for the country Australia, which was relatively new at the time. Similar to Australia, OZ is supposed to be an island continent with inhabited areas that border a great desert.