The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was by Martin GardnerThe Wizard of Oz and Who He Was by Martin Gardner

The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was

EditorMartin Gardner, Russel B. Nye

Paperback | December 31, 1994

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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. 

Martin Gardner is an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, pseudoscience, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the 'Mathematical Games' column in Scientific Ame...
Title:The Wizard of Oz and Who He WasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:December 31, 1994Publisher:Michigan State University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0870133667

ISBN - 13:9780870133664


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At a state library conference in 1957 the director of the Detroit Public Library system fueled a controversy heard across the nation. He voiced the sentiment that L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz stories had no value. At that time it became apparent that even the original work in this series of more than twenty-five titles (additional Oz books were penned by Ruth Plumly Thompson and Rachael R. Cosgrove after Baum's death) - especially popularized by its third film rendition (MGM 1939) - was not readily available in children's stacks in American libraries. Furthermore, numerous librarians rallied in support of the Detroit director's proclamation, calling the Oz books "poorly written", "unimaginative", "negativistic", and "unwholesome". This paperback edition of Michigan State University Press's highly-acclaimed The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was has something special for everyone, including a reprint of the 1900 edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with original W. W. Denslow illustrations; an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russel B. Nye, which explores Lyman Fra