The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Kansas Centennial Edition Foreword by Ray Bradbury Michael McCurdy, illustrator
Deluxe Collector's Edition
L. Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz remains one of the world's most beloved and widely read books. Throughout a century of remarkable change, the popularity of L. Frank Baum's classic tale has endured and grown, embraced by generation after generation of children and the young at heart. To honor the centennial of its publication in 1900, the University Press of Kansas is pleased to present this special anniversary edition that combines Baum's original text with the contributions of two renowned artists: book illustrator Michael McCurdy and writer Ray Bradbury. Distinguished by McCurdy's beguiling illustrations and Bradbury's provocative meditation on the Land of Oz, our book also embraces and even celebrates the oft-kidded connection between Baum's wondrous story and the state of Kansas. With good humor and appreciation, then, we are very proud to welcome both Dorothy and Toto back home.
“A delightful volume illustrated with haunting but witty illustrations that provide a fresh, anti-Hollywood interpretation of the story.”
—Christian Science Monitor
“Combines substance with style. Ray Bradbury offers a poetic, reverential introduction, and Michael McCurdy contributes appropriately eerie drawings.”
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“Praise for Michael McCurdy’s illustrations:
Michael McCurdy is a marvelous artist whose wondrous images offer new shadings for this re-paving of a road well-taken and a harvest of characters well-met.”
—Washington Post Book World
“A revelation. As rich in emotion as they are in detail.”
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