The annotated Wizard of Oz : the wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Paper Book, 2000




New York : Norton, c2000.


A special edition of Dorothy's journey down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City of Oz containing detailed textual notes and eighty-two pages of introductory historical material.

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LibraryThing member riofriotex
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.
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LibraryThing member dominus
The annotations are dull; Michael Patrick Hearn is no Martin Gardner, and just couldn't seem find much to say.
LibraryThing member chuchu
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.
LibraryThing member Crowyhead
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.
LibraryThing member Stbalbach
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member Stevil2001
Though it's not my favorite Oz book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a brilliant start to a brilliant series. Hearn's annotated edition is a thing of beauty, not to mention highly informative.
LibraryThing member PamelaDLloyd
I found this book on the library shelves when I was in El Paso this summer. I was really enjoying it, but my schedule while there made my progress slow and I haven't yet had the time (work) and energy (illness) to see if it's available in the Tucson library. I definitely hope to finish this book, as I found it to be a fascinating glimpse into Baum's life and writings that went far beyond other biographical essays I've read about him. I also appreciated the insight into the different artists and into publishing during that era.… (more)
LibraryThing member buried_n_books
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.
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