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The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic Hardcover – November 7, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608932575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608932573
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can vouch for this handsome hardcover...written by noted Oz/Garland expert John Fricke...You'll marvel at [the] pictures...from the world-class collection of Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite. What a treat to see so much dazzling memorabilia gathered in one place. (Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy)

The wonderful world of Oz is a magical place—and has been for generations of Americans since L. Frank Baum penned his enduring classic in 1900. This book documents that magical journey through beautiful photographs of the world's largest collection of Oz memorabilia. Whether it's first-edition covers, a munchkin costume, or the Wicked playbill, the iconic items on these pages tell the story of America's most beloved fairy tale. Come over the rainbow and see why there truly is no place like Oz.

About the Author

John Fricke is the author of The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic, The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History, Judy: A Legendary Film Career, Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer. He is a two time Emmy Award-winning producer for PBS American Masters and A&E biography documentaries about Judy Garland. He lives in New York, NY.

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It's very well written and really goes into the entire history of Oz and the Oz phenomenon.
DWinston
Here you will find EVERYTHING that has been marketed for the Baum Franchise going all the way back to the first book.
Patrick M. Shea
Anything by John Fricke regarding the Wizard of Oz film is worth buying and treasuring forever!
William F. Jannke III

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Peach on December 10, 2013
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Disappointing.

Had I known it was just a re-release of "100 years of Oz" with a chapter relating to "Wicked" tacked on, I would certainly have thought twice about making this purchase

I also find it odd that although there was a huge amount of merchandise produced at the time of the 50th Anniversary (ranging from dolls & figurines to greeting/postcards there is still no reference made to this period, either pictorially or written.

Despite this, had I no prior knowledge of the previous publication, this would certainly be a worthwhile purchase. It would certainly recommend it for those newer fansm wanting to explore Oz's reach in popular culture beyond the film, but not so much to those already familiar with it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Carr on November 12, 2013
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John Fricke's latest book is on Oz, which makes sense since his last book was on Judy Garland following a pattern he has set in the last few years with books on the two subjects he knows best: Oz and Garland, beginning with The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History (1989) followed in succession by Judy Garland: World's Greatest Entertainer (1997); 100 Years of Oz: A Century of Classic Images from The Wizard of Oz Collection of Willard Carroll (1999); Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote (2003); The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic (co-authored with Jonathan Shirshekan, 2009); Judy: A Legendary Film Career (2011); and now The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic (2013). This current book is similar to 100 Years of Oz, in that it is virtually a catalog of Willard Carroll's and Tom Wilhite's incredible collection of Oz memorabilia (one of the largest in the world) much of which is now on view in their recently opened museum in Camden, Maine, including such rare items from the 1939 film as the Wicked Witch's Hourglass, the Lollipop Kid, Jerry Maren's costume, an apron tested but not worn by Garland and a blouse she wore during the first two weeks of filming.

But it isn't just the book's marvelous pictures of Carroll's and Wilhite's collection since added to that is Fricke's wonderfully illuminating text covering a nearly complete history of the Oz phenomenon: the books (even foreign editions), the films, the stage productions and L. Frank Baum himself. And it couldn't be more up-to-date,including as it does, a poster of the Broadway musical, "Wicked" (now celebrating its 10th anniversary), one of the new graphic novel treatments of the Oz books by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young and memorabilia from the latest Oz film, "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013). For all you Oz fans, be you collectors or not, this book is an absolute "must have."
David Moyer
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DWinston on November 11, 2013
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Any Oz fan or film collector will really appreciate this book. It's very well written and really goes into the entire history of Oz and the Oz phenomenon. John freaky is very knowledgeable about Oz and Garland, he's an expert on both, and his work is accessible both for those who know very little about the subject and those who know a great deal. All in all, it is a fascinating book and I recommend it to you
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I usually like John Fricke's books, but this was only slightly interesting. Not much on the MGM film, more on the books and silent versions.
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By Westie on April 17, 2014
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Been waiting for it to come out and well worth the wait on this Oz Book lots of Oz infor
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How does John Fricke do it - always coming up with more to say about and photos to share about our favorite story and movie The Wizard of Oz. A must for the serious and not so serious collector! (Written by Anita's Oz Collector, Bill.)
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