The Wonderful Wizard
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.