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I’ll Drink to That

I’ll Drink to That


It might be interesting to make a list of all the food and drink in which characters in the Oz books partake, but I’m not going to do that just now. I do, however, want to mention a few drinks that show up in the series. One is lacasa, described in The Road to Ozas “a sort of nectar famous in Oz and nicer to drink than soda-water or lemonade.” For being so famous, however, we never see it…

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Some Bunny Special


According to the McGraws’ Merry Go Round in Oz, the Easter Bunny lives in the Munchkin Country of Oz, and is a loyal subject of Ozma. Edward Wagenknecht is quoted in the most recent Baum Bugle as having said that he thought Merry Go Round was “the only Oz book that includes distinctively Christian references,” but a footnote points out that L. Frank Baum used Santa Claus in The Road to Oz. Of…

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Free Ride, Whee Ride, Spree Ride, Glee Ride

Free Ride, Whee Ride, Spree Ride, Glee Ride


The latest issue of The Baum Bugle has an article by David Maxine about Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s writing process for Merry Go Round in Oz, one of the most tightly plotted books in the Oz series. Indeed, it’s so well plotted that it’s kind of surprising there’s a loose end involving the very beginning of the story. At a carnival, Robin Brown encounters a strange carousel barker who talks in rhymes.…

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Poets Who Know It

Poets Who Know It


One of the characters introduced in the 1902 stage play of The Wizard of Ozwho wasn’t in the book was Sir Dashemoff Daily, the Poet Laureate of Oz. I’m not sure if it was L. Frank Baum or someone else who came up with the name, but I think it’s fairly clever, sounding noble and insulting at the same time. Dashemoff was a trouser role, a male character played by an actress, part of a tradition…

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No Money, Mo’ Problems

No Money, Mo’ Problems


As I said back in this post, whether or not Oz uses some form of money is no more consistent than many other aspects of the series. Certainly the earlier books show money in use, with children paying for green lemonade with green pennies in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and a ferryman in Landrefusing to take Tip across a river since he had no money. The Scarecrow is also stuffed with money during…

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A Pauper, on the Other Hand, Is Ruling, Strong and Wise

A Pauper, on the Other Hand, Is Ruling, Strong and Wise


In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s three companions all end up as rulers: the Scarecrow of the Emerald City, the Tin Woodman of the Winkie Country, and the Cowardly Lion of the Quadling Forest. In later books, only Nick Chopper’s position endures, as Ozma takes her rightful place as ruler of Oz, and the Lion makes his home in the Emerald City. There are hints that the Lion retained his…

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Back in the High Life AgainRobert R. Pattrick’s Unexplored Territory in Ozwas a seminal work in the field sometimes known as…View Post

Back in the High Life Again

Robert R. Pattrick’s Unexplored Territory in Ozwas a seminal work in the field sometimes known as…

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