From the Publisher
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale, but also one of the most controversial children''s books ever published. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world''s leading Oz scholar, provides a spellbinding annotated edition that illuminates all of Oz''s numerous contemporary references, provides fascinating character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz". A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W. W. Denslow -- scrupulously reproduced to mimic their correct colors, using a different color for each region of Oz -- as well as twenty-five previously unpublished illustrations. In addition, Hearn provides an extensive bibliography, compiling Baum''s published work, every notable Oz edition, and the stage and motion-picture productions from 1939''s The Wizard of Oz to the 1974 Broadway smash The Wiz. The result is a classic to rival Baum''s own, and a book no family''s library can do without.