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It is a classic adventure story of travel to distant lands, and a story of running away from home and returning, a favorite theme for children. The images and characters used by Baum and Denslow were based on the political images that were well known in the editorial cartoons of the s.

Baum and Denslow built a story around them, added Dorothy whose innocence and purity are more effective than the witches' magic. They added a series of lessons to the effect that everyone possesses the resources they need if only they had self-confidence. Positive thinking was a prevalent trend in this period, and Baum was involved with the Theosophy Movement similar to Christian Science that emphasized the power of pure thoughts over material evils. Baum's point is that evil is in the mind, and it takes positive thinking, not a political revolution, to destroy it.

Baum in the s edited the major national magazine for advertising in store windows, and was familiar with the elaborate mechanical displays of the Christmas story that attracted tens of thousands of spectators to the display windows of Marshall Field's, Carson Pirie Scott, and other Chicago department stores. Many of the events and characters of the book resemble the actual political personalities, events and ideas of the s. Rockefeller , Senator Mark Hanna and other political celebrities. No real people are mentioned by name in the book.

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Even the title has been interpreted as alluding to a political reality: oz. Novelist Gore Vidal recalls:. Toto : Prohibitionist party also called "Teetotalers" Scarecrow : western farmers Cowardly Lion : a cowardly politician, perhaps William Jennings Bryan Wicked Witch of the East : Eastern factory owners and industrialists Wicked Witch of the West : the trusts; one popular solution to the trust problem was to dissolve them, as Dorothy does.

Editorial cartoonists in recent decades have made heavy use of Oz imagery in political cartoons; the first to do so was W. Rogers whose cartoon ridiculed mud-slinging publisher William Randolph Hearst as the Wizard of Ooze". Historians and economists have interpreted the book as well as the play and movie as an allegory of the political, economic and social upheavals of America of the s.

Both Baum and Denslow had been actively involved in politics in the s.

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Baum edited a Republican newspaper in South Dakota; Denslow was an editorial cartoonist for a major Chicago daily. Readers who grew up with the entire Oz series are often baffled by the political interpretation for there is no politics in the continuation volumes , and deny that Baum intended any sort of modernized fairy tale. However, Baum explained in his introduction:. Coin's Financial School , a famous silverite book; Coin is a boy who outsmarts all the economics professors by showing the wisdom of "bimetallism" i.

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July 19, Puck cartoon shows farmer hung up on pole and helpless, his free silver wagon destroyed by the gold express of William McKinley. Candidate McKinley as mystery man behind a curtain in editorial cartoon, surrounded by party wizards. Cartoonist W. Rogers in sees the political uses of Oz: he depicts Hearst as a mud-throwing Scarecrow stuck in his own Ooze in Harper's Weekly. Cartoon from Verdict magazine July 10, shows an ape on behalf of the trusts raping Columbia America and under an attack the arrow by democracy. Denslow made it a flying monkey and dropped the scary rape theme.

Editorial cartoonists sometimes depicted politicians as witches—and included little dogs as characters. Cyclone as metaphor for political revolution; the Aunt-Em-type farm woman is labeled 'Democratic Party'; Puck May 2, Munchkins resemble the Little People in this Judge cartoon that makes fun of silverite politicians; the Yellow Kid center was the very first comic strip character. Conservative editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy parodies fearful Democratic candidates in March 16, , cartoon.

The Wizard inspired 40 official Oz books, 40 films, more than unofficial novels, and innumerable websites, editorial cartoons, TV commercials, television shows, games, radio programs, video games, music videos, comic strips, musicals, toys, dolls, Japanese animes, ceramic firgurines, and even pornography, most of them based on the movie. The earliest musical version of the book was produced in Chicago in , and moved to Broadway in , where it was a smash hit and set a record with performances.

It used the same characters, but was aimed at adult audiences. Seller Inventory P Condition: Brand New. Seller Inventory A Seller Inventory M Gita Dorothy Morena. Publisher: Frog Books , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. From the Publisher : This is an exciting time for Oz lovers with the re-release of The Wizard of Oz movie and the year anniversary of the book's publication. Buy New Learn more about this copy. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Search for all books with this author and title.

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