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The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz

Lyman Frank Baum

Update: 2020-04-22

Author's Note

  • After the publication of "The Wonderful Wizard of OZ" I began to receive
  • letters from children, telling me of their pleasure in reading the story and
  • asking me to "write something more" about the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman.
  • At first I considered these little letters, frank and earnest though they
  • were, in the light of pretty compliments; but the letters continued to come
  • during succeeding months, and even years.
  • Finally I promised one little girl, who made a long journey to see me and
  • prefer her request,—and she is a "Dorothy," by the way—that when a thousand
  • little girls had written me a thousand little letters asking for the Scarecrow
  • and the Tin Woodman I would write the book, Either little Dorothy was a fairy
  • in disguise, and waved her magic wand, or the success of the stage production
  • of "The Wizard of OZ" made new friends for the story, For the thousand letters
  • reached their destination long since—and many more followed them.
  • And now, although pleading guilty to long delay, I have kept my promise in
  • this book.
  • L. FRANK BAUM.
  • Chicago, June, 1904