The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Undoubtedly the best-known title of a series (along with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women) is this first offering of the Oz books from the pen of L. Frank Baum. Baum wrote fourteen Oz books between 1900 and his death in 1919; Ruth Plumly Thompson added nineteen more between 1921 and 1939; and numerous others have appeared by various hands since then, including several by Baum's great-grandson.
Although never intended solely for a female audience, the early Oz books centered on the adventures of the young girl Dorothy. The popularity of these books and their many characters has resulted in an "Oz" industry—films, games, toys, and other artifacts.
-Dr. William K. Finley
Hodges Reading Room
February 15 - May 15, 2010