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The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900-2007

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Since the publication of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, authors, filmmakers, and theatrical producers have been retelling and reinventing this uniquely American fairy tale. This volume examines six especially significant incarnations of the story: Baum's original novel, the MGM classic The Wizard of Oz (1939), Sidney Lumet's African American film music ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 2012 by McFarland & Company (first published March 13th 2012)
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GG
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a study of 6 versions of the Wizard of Oz story. The bibliography and notes sections are particularly thorough showing the author's research on this topic. It also enables readers to look further into the subject on their own if they wish.

I particularly enjoyed the overview/introduction as a way to introduce readers who may not be familiar with all versions of the story and how it pertains especially to American Popular culture.

The writing is clear and straightforward and the book
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Sara Marks
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I am a huge Oz fan. I have read the vast majority of the original book series. I have seen the movies over and over through my life. My mother, when she found out I got this book, reminded me about how I use to get excited at the annual viewing of the movie before we got a VCR. I love Wicked and have seen the musical. The six versions of the story are ones I am very familiar with. Add to this that I love academic books that place popular ...more
Kerith
I hate that I can't mark this DNF or need to finish, or something, instead of "read". I read the first chapter, and decided life was too short & my reading list too long.
I love Oz, and am very familiar with the original book and the MGM film. I also read Wicked long before it became a musical - but I have not seen the musical, nor have I seen The Wiz or Tin Man so already I fall short. In a scholarly work such as this it really helps to be completely familiar with the material. Since I am no
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