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The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was
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When Russel B. Nye and Martin Gardner teamed up to bring out a new edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, theirs was the first critical analysis of L. Frank Baum American classic. The book opens with an essay by Nye, entitled "An Appreciation," which is an overview of Baum's creative and imaginative genius. Nye explores the reasons why earlier critics virtually ignored the Oz stories. Gardner, in his essay, "The Royal Historian of Oz," presents a brief biographical sketch, revealing little-known facts about this prolific writer. The volume also contains the complete, original text of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, along with many original illustrations by artist W. W. Denslow. 
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. An Appreciation
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. The Royal Historian of Oz
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 53-54
  1. I. The Cyclone
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. II .The Council with the Munchkins
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. III. How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. IV. The Road Through the Forest
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. V. The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. VI. The Cowardly Lion
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. VII. The Journey to the Great Oz
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. VIII. The Deadly Poppy Field
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. IX. The Queen of the Field-Mice
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. X. The Guardian of the Gates
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. XI. The Wonderful Emerald City of Oz
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. XII. The Search for the Wicked Witch
  2. pp. 127-138
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  1. XIII. The Rescue
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. XIV. The Winged Monkeys
  2. pp. 143-148
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  1. XV. The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible
  2. pp. 149-158
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  1. XVI. The Magic Art Of the Great Humbug
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. XVII. How the Balloon Was Launched
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. XVIII. Away to the South
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. XIX. Attacked by the Fighting Trees
  2. pp. 171-174
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  1. XX. The Dainty China Country
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. XXI. The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. XXII. The Country of the Quadlings
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. XXIII. The Good Witch Grants Dorothy’s Wish
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. XXIV. Home Again
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Notes and Bibliography
  2. pp. 195-208
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