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.”

Chicago Tribune
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About the Author

MICHAEL McCURDY's richly evocative scratchboard drawings and wood engravings grace more than 160 books for children and adults alike. These books have been acclaimed by the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Parenting, among others. They include American Fairy Tales, American Tall Tales, Tarzan, The Bone Man, The Sailor's Alphabet, Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words, Iron Horses, and Trapped by the Ice: Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure. Two of the volumes he illustrated—Howard Norman's The Owl Scatterer and Ann Whitford Paul's The Seasons Sewn—were chosen by the New York Times for the list of Ten Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year. A native of New York City, McCurdy lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

RAY BRADBURY, one of America's most popular and widely respected authors, has played a major role in putting fantasy and science fiction on the map of genres worthy of our close attention. His own books—classics like The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes—have sold millions of copies in English and in translation around the world. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

L. FRANK BAUM (1856-1919) is one of America's great literary treasures. From his first published book for children, Mother Goose in Prose (1897), until his last, Glinda of Oz (1920), he produced a rich array of fairy tales, fantasy, and whimsy for the reading pleasure of millions of Americans, young and old alike. In all, he produced fourteen full-length Oz books. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, however, remains the most popular and enduring of all. One of the best-known and most-read books in the world, it is still considered "the quintessential American fairy tale."