The Emerald City of Oz

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Akasha Classics, 2009 - Fiction - 212 pages
The Emerald City of Oz relates the further adventures of Dorothy Gale, the brave Midwestern girl who became a hero in a strange land. When a drought threatens to destroy Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's farm in Kansas, they and Dorothy decide to go to Oz, where Princess Ozma welcomes them with open arms to the Emerald City. The family decides to take a tour through the Quadling Country and meets all kinds of strange and wonderful beings such as the Flutterbudgets, King Cleaver, the Rigmaroles, and Miss Cuttenclip. But in the land of the evil Nome King, plans are afoot to invade Oz and enslave its population. Has Dorothy left trouble in Kansas only to find worse trouble in Oz? L. Frank Baum's Oz stories have entertained readers for generations. If you are looking out for an exciting and whimsical adventure, look no further.

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About the author (2009)

Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored. Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow. The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

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