Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum

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The author examines in detail Baum's (1856-1919) many fantastical tales, including The Wizard of Oz , the 13 others he wrote about that magical kingdom, and others, as well as his evolution as a fantasy writer, illuminating in the process his philosophy concerning nature, civilization, and industrialization. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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"Written with honest respect and great affection for Baum and his achievement. This book is refreshingly free of the humbuggery of much current literary criticism, for Riley has no hidden agenda to promote. He lets the stories speak for themselves. A rewarding guide to Baum and Oz."--Michael Patrick Hearn in the Washington Post Book World

"A most welcome book that places Baum's Oz books into an account of his entire career. Marvelous books almost lost to us are here given the attention they deserve."--Roger Sale, author of Fairy Tales and After

"The best critical analysis of Baum and his contributions to American children's literature since the publication in 1929 of Edward Wagenknecht's Utopia Americana. Given that Baum still has a huge readership, the book should also have a large commercial market."--Douglas G. Greene, director, Institute of Humanities, Old Dominion University

"An excellent introduction to the work of America's greatest writer of children's fantasy, Oz and Beyond is also a remarkable achievement in the criticism of Baum and American popular culture. It breaks new ground and opens up, really for the first time, all sorts of entrancing possibilities for critical dialogue."--Douglass Parker, professor of classics, University of Texas

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Michael O. Riley teaches children's literature at Castleton State College in Vermont.

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