The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a modern fairy tale novel written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900. It’s the best-selling children’s story of the 1900 Christmas season. The book had an impact on American culture through the adaptations, popular culture, and readers’ reactions to the book. Ultimately, the book changed the country because of its powerful influence on American popular culture. In fact, the book was adapted into two films and a play. The first film was The Wizard of Oz in 1939 produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM); the second film was broadcasted by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1956 and finally The Wiz play. According to Frank Nugent, writer for the New York Times, the first adaptation film was fantastic and succeeded well. On another hand, the first adaptation “changed significant details of the story, blurring the monetary connection by making the Silver Shoes red and the Witch 's Golden Cap a crystal ball” (“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”). The basic changes on the first film were Dorothy 's silver shoes which changed to red shoes and …show more content…
The book is the source of “there 's no place like home” quote mentioned often in modern popular culture. However, many wonder if Baum wrote the book to reveal political events. Whether Baum wrote the book with this in mind or not, today the book continues to impact readers as Baum captivated both children and adults with this fairy tale story. Although the book received censorship from librarians, today the book is still read in libraries around the country as part of the American popular

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