Category Archives: L. Frank Baum

Ask the Flowers to Tell You

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and Tuesdays are my designated days for writing about Oz, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Since I had something more pressing to write about yesterday, I’m going to look at a … Continue reading

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Oz Above, So Below

Although not in the book, MGM’s idea to have counterparts for all the main Oz characters in Kansas was popular enough to feature in pretty much every other major Oz film. Something interesting that I heard in the Hungry Reader’s … Continue reading

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Gnomic Utterances

I recently read Ruth Berman’s Dunkiton Pamphlet on Gnome Matters, including a history of gnomes, touching on their use in the Oz books. I’ve written about this topic before, like how the name might well have originated with Paracelsus, who … Continue reading

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High Horsing Around

Sometimes the Oz Convention has some programming related to other books that are celebrating significant anniversaries in addition to the hundred-year one. I don’t know if that’s the case this year, but I did use it as an excuse to … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Fashions of Oz

I’ve examined the typical styles of Ozian clothing before, but I think I can come up with a few more thoughts about them. To begin with, The Patchwork Girl of Oz has a more thorough description of the Munchkin costume … Continue reading

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Polished with Pride

While the Tin Woodman is one of the first Oz characters introduced, he seems to be somewhat less significant in the resulting series than his friend the Scarecrow. While the straw man has major roles in The Patchwork Girl of … Continue reading

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Hoztorians Outside Oz

Spectral Snow: The Dark Fantasies of Jack Snow – Snow was the author of the thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth of the official Oz books, and a known scholar of L. Frank Baum. He also wrote horror stories in the fantasy vein, … Continue reading

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