What if Dorothy Gale wasn’t the only person who went to see the Wizard of Oz? MGM’s landmark 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, did not mark the beginning of adventures in Oz. Both before and since, dozens of tales have been told of the Marvellous Land of Oz, and its inhabitants such as the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger and Jack Pumpkinhead.
In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Paul Simpson looks back at the Famous Forty – the original novels by L. Frank Baum and his successors which entranced generations of children with their wonderful world of munchkins, princesses and wicked witches. He examines the many ways in which the stories have been retold in movies – from the silent era to Disney’s recent blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful – and on television, featuring everyone from Tom & Jerry to trades union leaders. On stage, Oz has come to life in the many revivals of The Wizard of Oz musical and the worldwide reign of Elphaba in the smash hit Wicked.
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world’s best-loved film and the whole magical world of Oz with its vampires, muppets, dragons, living statues and so much more.