An illustrated, annotated reproduction of the 1900 edition of the story of Dorothy's journey over the rainbow to the wonderful world of Oz; with discussion of character sources, critical interpretations, and information on the life of author L. Frank Baum.
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.
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.
Full of information on Denslow, Baum, etc. as well as prints of original plates, etc.
I would recommend it not only as a resource, but also a great and fascinating piece of reading.