The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Dear readers,
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Thank you, and enjoy!

“Follow the yellow brick road!”

zpívají Mlaskalové v americkém filmu The Wizard of Oz (1939) a malá Dorotka, přenesena tornádem do daleké země, se vydává po cestě dlážděné žlutými cihlami za čarodějem ze země Oz, který jí pomůže vrátit se domů, do Kansasu.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz. Photo © 1998 Warner Bros.

Snímek natočený podle pohádky The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), jejímž autorem je americký spisovatel L. Frank Baum, letos slaví 75. výročí a tvůrci z amerického Hollywoodu na něj nezapomínají. “We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” prohlásili producenti Craig Zadan a Neil Meron. Jak taková oslava starého, leč stále milovaného filmu vypadá, zjistíme v noci z neděle na pondělí 3. března.

Česká vydání knihy? Zklamání

Hledala jsem česká vydání příběhu a byla hrozivě zklamaná. Vždycky jsem si myslela, že Čaroděj ze země Oz (1900) patří spolu s Alenkou v říši divů (1865) a Petrem Panem (1904) k nejdůležitějším dílům světové literatury pro děti. Čteme je a předáváme mladším generacím. Jenže české vydání knihy jako by téměř nebylo.

Alenka vyšla česky několikrát, naposledy s ilustracemi Jitky Bokové v nakladatelství Argo. S Petrem Panem je to u nás komplikovanější, ovšem příběh převyprávěný Pavlem Šrutem a ilustrovaný Jiřím Běhounkem, který vydalo nakladatelství Albatros v roce 1997, je překrásný. A Čaroděj ze země Oz? Nějaká vydání by tu byla, to ano. Tedy nějaká. Taková všelijaká.

Je to škoda. A právě proto jsem požádala svou oblíbenou americkou blogerku Danzel ze Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes, aby vybrala ta nejkrásnější zahraniční vydání Čaroděje ze země Oz a něco nám o nich napsala. Mimochodem, Danzel se v zemi Oz výborně vyzná. Je z Kansasu!

Knock, knock! Who’s there?

Hello! This is Danzel from Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes. Petra asked me if I’d be willing to write a post about some of the most beautiful English-language editions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz currently available.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I am an Oz fanatic. Like Dorothy Gale, I was born and raised in Kansas, where I still live today. I grew up with Oz jokes, tornado watches, and long drives through flat prairie farm country. And while I love to travel and see all the fabulous sights elsewhere, what can I say? There’s no place like home.

My little girls and I have been working our way through the original L. Frank Baum-penned Oz books for a while now. My favorite editions of the Oz books in current publication are the Books of Wonder facsimile editions, published by HarperCollins in the United States. These editions are replicas of the books in their original print form. The first Oz book was illustrated by W. W. Denslow, published by George M. Hill Company in 1900. After the success of that book, Denslow and Baum had a falling out. All subsequent Oz books were illustrated by John R. Neill, and published by Reilly & Britton. For this reason, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz looks quite a bit different from the rest of the series. [My blog is full of Ozziness. You can wade through all of my many Oz-related posts here.]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

100th Anniversary Facsimile Edition. HarperCollins, 2000.

This edition faithfully reproduces all the beautiful Denslow illustrations, which are often incorporated into the text. The rest of the Baum part of the series is reproduced, too, with all the special trimmings that came with each book. I have been collecting them through the years, but I admit, it gets pricey. The Amazon UK listing does not seem to be for a simple, accessible copy so: Amazon UK listing here, Amazon US listing here.

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The Annotated Wizard of Oz.
W. W. Norton & Co., 2000.

Another fabulous treasure is The Annotated Wizard of Oz, released by W. W. Norton in time for the centennial anniversary of the book in 2000. This one has the Denslow illustrations, and footnotes, essays, and extras galore. It’s a big, beautiful book.

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A Commemorative Pop-Up edition by Robert Sabuda. Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Another treat published to commemorate the centennial anniversary was this amazing pop-up book by Robert Sabuda. The art is amazing. I could blab about it, but instead, check out this little YouTube video someone made. So much work went into this book. If you love pop-ups and paper art, this one is a keeper.

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Kansas Centennial Edition, illustrated by Michael McCurdy. University Press of Kansas, 2000.

One more from the 100-year anniversary celebration. The University Press of Kansas published this beautiful edition, illustrated with woodcuts by Michael McCurdy and with a foreword by Ray Bradbury. The illustrations have a surreal beauty to them. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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There are other editions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, boasting beautiful new illustrations. From left to right, we have a version illustrated by Michael Foreman [Pavilion, 2010]; one beautifully illustrated by Robert Ingpen [Templar, 2011]; a fabulous new edition illustrated by Michael Sieben [Harper Design, 2013]; the stunning Lizbeth Zwerger edition [North-South, 2011]; a popular older edition, illustrated by Michael Hague, that you can still find used [Methuen Young Books, 1982]; and an abridged storybook edition, nicely illustrated by Charles Santore [Sterling, 2009].

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Illustrated by Gregory Hildebrant.
Courage Books, 2008.

I have never seen this Courage Edition, but I love, love, love the poppy field on the cover.

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Puffin and Penguin editions of The Wizard of Oz

Now if you simply want to read the book, and lavish color illustrations are not so important to you, then check out the sweet copies put out by Penguin/Puffin. There is the cloth-bound Puffin Classics edition, a simple paperback kids’ edition, the Puffin Chalk paperback, and the Penguin Threads paperback.

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Edition. Barnes & Noble, 2012.

And last, I leave you with another simple, readable edition, this one published by the American bookstore chain Barnes & Noble. This one may lack illustrations, but it looks great on a shelf!

Thank you, Petra, for asking me to guest on your beautiful blog!

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2 thoughts on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  1. Once a week I let myself to take advantege of reading this blog and pleasure day to myself. It is always nice, amazing and often surprising. But this time it was extraordinary.
    Dear Danzel, you are unbelievable, real expert on Wizard of OZ! While reading your article, I realized – WOW, she is not only admirer of those wonderful OZ advantures, she almost lives them! Danzel, I would like to thank you for sharing your konwledges, beautiful illustrations and hapiness of being touched by OZ land. All the Best to you!
    P.S. Hope this won´t be the only contribution to this special Petra´s blog. ;)

    • Aww, thank you! I’m not an expert, but I am a slightly-obsessed fan! Being from Kansas, we hear Oz jokes all the time. We can either be annoyed, or embrace it! I choose to embrace it.

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