Swept away by a cyclone from the Kansas prairies to the Land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, must find their way home. Traveling to the Emerald City with a new band of friends—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion—Dorothy’s fate is in the hands of a great and terrible wizard. But a wicked enemy stands in her way.
For readers familiar only with the iconic 1939 film, delightful surprises are in store along Baum’s original yellow brick road. Considered “America’s first fairy tale,” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has found a home in the collective imagination of the entire world.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919) is known for his children’s stories, most famously The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Born in Chittenango, New York, Baum had many business ventures that took him across the country. In fact, his description of Kansas in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is based on his experiences in South Dakota. He was also a passionate theater lover and wrote and performed in many plays.
In 1900, Baum and illustrator W. W. Denslow published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to critical acclaim and success. Baum and Denslow adapted the bestselling children’s book into a musical play, the first of its time. Baum went on to publish thirteen more Oz-themed books. While many scholars and historians have speculated that the Oz stories were really political commentary disguised as fairy tales, Baum always insisted that they were written for children.