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Moving to a Magical Monarchy

Happy birthday, Ozma! It seems common among Oz fans to consider Ozma to be, in a way, our monarch, and Oz as a place we’d like to escape to someday if it were at all possible. C. Warren Hollister’s essay … Continue reading

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Another Myself

In the December 1993 issue of The Emerald City Mirror, Marie Richardson (who seems to have disappeared from the Internet, by the way) had a story in which Roquat and Ruggedo turn out to be two separate Nomes. They’re brothers, … Continue reading

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The Single Dads’ Club

When I wrote about Princess Peach’s father, I noted that it’s pretty common in fiction for kings to have young, strong-willed daughters who are only children, and for the mother to be nowhere in sight. Rebecca pointed out that a … Continue reading

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Oz-Crossed Lovers

L. Frank Baum was known to have said that he didn’t want romance or “mawkish sentimentality” in his children’s stories. Of course, Baum was also known for breaking pretty much every writing rule he came up with, but he was … Continue reading

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Crouching Princess, Hidden Prince

The idea of a seemingly insignificant person turning out to be royalty is a common one in myths and fairy tales, and the Oz books are no exception. Since the royals aren’t usually revealed until near the end of the … Continue reading

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Sure Cure for Everything

The mythical idea of the cure-all elixir shows up a few times in the Oz books. Actually, the only L. Frank Baum work in which I specifically recall such a thing being mentioned is John Dough and the Cherub, which … Continue reading

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