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If Wishes Were Streetcars

The Wish Express, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – This could essentially be considered the author’s first book, although it wasn’t published in that form during her lifetime. Before she took over the Oz series from L. Frank Baum, she serialized … Continue reading

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The Magic of the Written Word

Last week, I discussed signs that appear in the Oz series. This time, I’m going to look at a related topic, that of magical items or characters producing printed (or written; I don’t think it’s generally specified) messages, or accepting … Continue reading

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Fantastic Function Follows Form

Hugh Pendexter III’s article on magic in Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, which was printed in the Autumn 1978 Baum Bugle, notes, “It seems wise to distinguish between magical technology, in which magic tools and devices imitate the advances of … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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