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The Complete Oz, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440477957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440477959
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) is the author of 69 children's books, including the popular 14 titles of the Oz series. He was born Lyman Frank Baum on May 15, 1856 near Syracause, New York. He had a privileged, if isolated childhood, due to wealthy parents and a congenitally weak heart. Instructed by a seroes of tutors, he spent a great deal of time in his oilman father's library, voraciously reading. As a young man, Baum returned home after a brief stint at a military academy, there to indulge his tastes in writing, stamp collecting and raising chickens. He grew up a man of great charm and many interests, but very little direction. At various times in his career, he ran was a reporter, an actor, theatre manager and playwright. One of his productions became a hit, and he traveled with its touring company throughout the U.S. and Canada during the 1880s. Returning home on a break in the schedule, Baum met Maud Gage, whom he married in November 1882. She provided him with the stability and common sense he lecked, as well as the discipline their children would require. When Maud was pregnant with their first child, all his play's scenery, props and costumes were destroyed by fire. He returned home to work in the family's oil business, all the while writing a succession of plays that were never produced. In the late 1880's, Baum moved his wife and two sons to the Dakota territory, where he worked as a shopkeeper and a newspaper editor. In spite of his enjoyment of them, both positions failed him financially. By 1891, he and Maud had four sons, and the family moved for a better life to Chicago. First a newspaper reporter, Baum soon took a better paying job as a traveling crockery salesman. At the advice of his mother-in-law, he began to write down some of the stories he made up to tell his sons in the evening. One of these tales, Mother Goose in Prose, was published to moderate success in 1897. Baum quit the road and became the editor of a journal for window-dressers. In 1899, he teamed with artist W.W. Denslow, and in 1899 published the follow-up "Father Goose, His Book", which became a best seller. In 1900, one of the five children's books he published with illustrations again by Denslow, was "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The other 13 volumes followed in quick succession, intermingled with lesser works which eventually prompted Baum to reopen Oz, after declaring it closed midway through the series. He died in 1919, amid both failing health and a dwindling fortune. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Huxtable on November 23, 2009
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I understand that Baum's Oz stories are now out of copyright and that this book was compiled by these freely available stories. I apologise if I'm wrong. But this would take into account the somewhat shoddy layout that this and Volume 2 possess.
Lines of text will inexplicably break into two paragraphs. Inverted commas are in the wrong places. Capital letters of names come and go. While it does no harm in the reading of such lovely tales (my first time and enjoying them immensely), these grammatical and printing errors do jar a smooth reading. Punctuation and the like should be invisible to the reader and, at times, I can't help wishing that the publishers had taken just a little bit more effort and its production.
Also, two columns would have made this so much easier to read, both for the eye and for ease in reading.
It should be noted that these annoyances can't ruin a good tale, and the Oz books are good tales, so points lost only for the publication, not for the content.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2009
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I'm reading all of Oz aloud to my daughters, 10 and 7. We are loving the experience, and it's great to have all 14 stories plus short tales in a 2-volume set. Highly recommended!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gavin S. Richmond on August 1, 2011
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This would be a nice volume of just the text of the Oz books, except for one thing. I knew when I ordered it that the W. W. Denslow art wouldn't be included. No maps of Oz as well, but I was okay with that for the price I was paying for so many books collected in one volume. The problem is with the layout. I like to have books that I can read without creasing the binding. Yeah, it may be an minor OCD thing but I hate to have books with creased or broken spines. I take good care of my books so I don't like when they get damaged on the spine. Reading this book is almost impossible to do without bending the spine really hard because the margins on the right side of the left pages are so small. I know this may sound like a minor complaint but it still gets on my nerves from time to time.

I love revisiting books like this from my childhood. It really brings about a nostalgia rush which I enjoy and reading lite children's lit like this from time to time is something I find relaxing. The books are still entertaining and they really do whisk you back to different time. However, I really wish the publisher had spent more time picking out a better layout for the type set.

For some sort of comparison of reproduced volumes of early 20th Century American publishing, I'd point out the Ballantine versions of Robert E. Howard. The huge difference here is that Ballantine is a real publishing house and Trilogus (who published these compilations) seems to be not much more then people publishing on Lulu.

So if you want a cheap version of these books then this is okay. The original text is here and it is a classic series. Unfortunately the layout is ultimately symptonmatic of a lazy publishing company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guffular on January 30, 2013
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I got this set of books for Christmas, and so far I like what I have read! Being an Oz fan, I was eager to get the full collection, even though many people have complaints about the publishing (Baum's books went out of copyright). However, I would have liked to see the illustrations, and sometimes the way the book is set up makes me feel like I'm reading an encyclopedia. All in all, I love this set!
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By lady on January 23, 2013
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This book has been a childhood favorite of mine and its just has I remember it perfect book for young and old.
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