'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' is Published

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow.

It was originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, and has since been reprinted countless times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the 1902 stage play and the extremely popular, highly acclaimed 1939 film version. The story chronicles the adventures of a girl named Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Thanks in part to the 1939 MGM movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular 1902 Broadway musical Baum adapted from his story, led to Baum writing thirteen more Oz books.

In L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale is a young Kansas girl who finds the world turned upside down when she emerges from her home after a fierce tornado. Nothing is as it seemed only minutes ago—Dorothy is far from home, in a magical and strange place she has never seen before. As those familiar with the story know, Dorothy has landed in none other than Oz. All she wants, however, is to go back to her home and family in Kansas. A kindly witch appears, sending Dorothy on a quest to the Emerald City, to find the only person who can help her return home—the Wizard of Oz himself.