The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oxford World's Classics)

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9780192839305: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oxford World's Classics)

Published at the dawn of the twentieth century, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) immediately captivated children and adult readers alike. This new edition is the only one to include many of W.W. Denslow's original illustrations. The Introduction considers both the famous MGM film version and recent literary theory in a fascinating discussion of this timeless classic of children's literature. The story of Dorothy and her friends from Oz remains as popular now as when it was first published in 1899.

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For many of us, the adventures of Dorothy in Oz will forever be associated not with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but with W. W. Denslow's exceedingly odd line drawings for the original editions of Baum's Oz series. The Viennese artist Lisbeth Zwerger, however, goes a long way toward providing a new and refreshed set of images for the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the humbug wizard. These illustrations are often cockeyed, with occasional realistic details thrown in, like a crow with a corncob in its beak in the first portrait of the Scarecrow. The characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie.

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The Wizard of Oz is a beloved American classic.  This edition, with fine illustrations from internationally acclaimed artist Lizbeth Zwerger, has been reformatted as a readaloud edition.

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