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The Wizard of Oz - the Original Novel


… that the film was based on the 1900 novel entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum.

This is the introduction he wrote to the first book written in 1900:

    "Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

    Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as 'historical' in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer 'wonder tales' in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incidents.

    Having this thought in mind, the story of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

    L. Frank Baum
    Chicago, April, 1900"









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The Wizard of Oz


Dorothy ( Judy Garland ):

"The wind began to switch. The house to pitch. And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch. Just then, the witch to satisfy an itch went flying on her broom stick thumbing for a hitch."