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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
First Edition

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, cover
L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, cover
Chicago and New York: George M. Hill, 1900
Rare Book & Special Collections Division (184)

The first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in September 1900. In the introduction, Baum tells readers that the story is "a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out." Baum's ability to make fantastic circumstances seem plausible and his invention of appealingly outlandish creatures made the book an immediate success.

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