Year 13

1900: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum

Find it in Collins Library!

Baum set out to write a fairy tale for children that was specifically American, not European.  His work became popular immediately and the characters, tropes and phrases that he created remain recognizable to most Americans today, even if they have not read the book.  Munchkins, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Yellow Brick Road continue to form part of our common cultural vocabulary.

To learn more about this great book and author, visit the Library of Congress exhibit on Oz.

“The Tin Man.”
Poster for Fred R. Hamlin’s Musical Extravaganza,
The Wizard of Oz.
Cincinnati and New York:
U.S. Lithograph Company,
Russell Morgan Print, 1903.
Prints and Photographs Division (28)

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