Oz in the News 2.23.13

silent-wizard-of-oz113 years in the land of Oz: A look at the wizard’s world  Angelica Carpenter, a former president of the International Wizard of Oz Club said that for her, it comes down to Baum’s creativity. “The basic story is the basic fantasy adventure that you hear repeated across many cultures,” she said. “An orphan sets off walking in a rural landscape, having adventures, meeting danger, finding helpful friends, and eventually returning to where she came from changed and enriched by her experience. But Baum was so creative, and made such wonderful characters with the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow.” She added: “It was the quintessential American tale when he first wrote it, and I think that is still true.”

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