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- 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