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The Land of Oz is a fictional land conceived by L. Frank Baum and first described in his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). He wrote 13 sequels before his death in 1919.

Upon Baum's death, Oz publisher Reilly & Lee commissioned a 19-installment continuation of the series from Ruth Plumly Thompson; long-time Oz illustrator John R. Neill added three more books to the series. Four other books by other authors were added over the years. These books make up the "Famous Forty," often referred to as the canonical works of the Oz canon—though many other Ozian works have been written, some as pastiches or parodies, some of which intended as sincere imitations in the best sense of the word.

The most treasured depiction of Oz in the twentieth century was the 1939 Technicolor musical adaptation from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer The Wizard of Oz. The film was used as a star vehicle for budding starlet Judy Garland, but despite a massive publicity campaign, the movie was only moderately successful in its initial theatrical run. It achieved its iconic status after decades of airings over network television, beginning on November 3, 1956. The viewing audience for the TV premiere, broadcast in full color in the earliest years of that broadcast technology, was estimated at 45 million people. Thus began a tradition. For decades to follow, the movie was aired in the United States on or near Easter. Currently the Turner cable networks hold the television rights, and the film is generally shown during the summer and Christmas seasons. At present, the rights to its public distribution are held by Turner Entertainment (a division of Warner Bros. Pictures). As the present century opens, the film is generally available, digitally restored for private viewing on DVD.

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The Oz books

The following is a list of "canonical" (official) Oz books:

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
  2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
  3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
  4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
  5. The Road to Oz (1909)
  6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
  7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz. (1913)
  8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
  9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
  10. Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
  11. The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
  12. The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
  13. The Magic of Oz (1919)
  14. Glinda of Oz (1920)
  15. The Royal Book of Oz (1921)
  16. Kabumpo in Oz (1922)
  17. The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923)
  18. Grampa in Oz (1924)
  19. The Lost King of Oz (1925)
  20. The Hungry Tiger of Oz (1926)
  21. The Gnome King of Oz (1927)
  22. The Giant Horse of Oz (1928)
  23. Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (1929)
  24. The Yellow Knight of Oz (1930)
  25. Pirates in Oz (1931)
  26. The Purple Prince of Oz (1932)
  27. Ojo in Oz (1933)
  28. Speedy in Oz (1934)
  29. The Wishing Horse of Oz (1935)
  30. Captain Salt in Oz (1936)
  31. Handy Mandy in Oz (1937)
  32. The Silver Princess in Oz (1938)
  33. Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz (1939)
  34. The Wonder City of Oz (1940)
  35. The Scalawagons of Oz (1941)
  36. Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942)
  37. The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946)
  38. The Shaggy Man of Oz (1949)
  39. The Hidden Valley of Oz (1951)
  40. Merry Go Round in Oz (1963)
  41. Yankee in Oz (1972)
  42. The Enchanted Island of Oz (1976)
  43. The Forbidden Fountain of Oz (1980)
  44. The Ozmapolitan of Oz (1986)
  45. The Wicked Witch of Oz (1993)
  46. The Runaway in Oz (1995)
  47. The Hidden Prince of Oz (2000)
  48. The Rundelstone of Oz (2001)
  49. The Emerald Wand of Oz (2005)
  50. Trouble Under Oz (2006)
  51. Toto of Oz (2007)
  52. Sky Pyrates Over Oz (2014)

The following is a partial list of non-canonical Oz works :

  1. Little Wizard Stories of Oz (1914)
  2. A Barnstormer in Oz (1982)
  3. Sir Harold and the Gnome King (1990)
  4. How the Wizard Came to Oz (1991)
  5. The Nome King's Shadow in Oz (1992)
  6. Dorothy Return to Oz (1993)
  7. The Giant Garden of Oz (1993)
  8. The Magic Chest of Oz (1993)
  9. The Patchwork Bride of Oz (1993)
  10. Queen Ann in Oz (1993)
  11. Father Goose in Oz (1994)
  12. The Magic Dishpan of Oz (1994)
  13. Masquerade in Oz (1994)
  14. Christmas in Oz (1995)
  15. The Glass Cat of Oz (1995)
  16. The Speckled Rose of Oz (1995)
  17. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995)
  18. The Amber Flute of Oz (1998)
  19. The Lavender Bear of Oz (1998)
  20. Paradox in Oz (2000)
  21. The Unknown Witches of Oz (2001)
  22. The Living House of Oz (2005)
  23. Son of a Witch (2005)
  24. A Lion Among Men (2008)

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