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The Offbeat Officials of Oz

The Oz books have a lot of small royal courts with unusually-titled officials. This is something we see much more often in Ruth Plumly Thompson, but L. Frank Baum did have a few examples. In John Dough and the Cherub, … Continue reading

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Balancing the Flutterbudget

I received my copy of the 2020 Oziana, the annual collection of original fiction published by the International Wizard of Oz Club, but I waited until it was available for purchase before writing my review. It’s actually the fiftieth anniversary … Continue reading

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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Die?

It would become a thing in the Oz books that no one in that fairyland could die, but it wasn’t immediate. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz mentions the threat of death quite often, in fact. The first book to establish … Continue reading

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Baum’s Diamond Swan Song

In the past three years, I’d gotten into the habit of rereading the main Oz book of focus before OzCon, which was canceled this year. I still intended to read Glinda of Oz, but I’d been putting it off because … Continue reading

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Get Out of Town

There are a lot of characters who come to live in Ozma’s palace, or sometimes elsewhere in or near the Emerald City. Is the city becoming overcrowded? Probably not, considering that it has the same population in L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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What Would Baum Do?

The Autumn 2019 Baum Bugle has an old article by the late Fred Meyer, which I think I’d seen some version of before, postulating on what L. Frank Baum might have written if he’d lived longer. Obviously we can never … Continue reading

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Literary History Drags On

I shared this article on the history of dragons in Western literature on Facebook, and there was a comment about how Oz wasn’t represented in it. It does, however, quote Ruth Berman, a long-time Oz fan; and I think she’s … Continue reading

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Companimals

Animal companions are a recurring theme in the Oz books, starting with Dorothy’s dog Toto. Kids reading the books were likely used to pets, so it makes sense. Since animals talk in Oz, however, some animal characters are more equal … Continue reading

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Glutton for Punnishness

Something I’ve looked at before is the nature of puns in the Oz series, and how they can serve different purposes. Some are purposely made by the characters, some are asides, and others are just kind of part of the … Continue reading

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