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CaptionThe Wizard of Oz as American Myth McFarland $35 she charts the various incarnations of the story in print on film and television and in the theater and shows how they reflect the changing attitudes of Americans regarding the role of women race relations and the idea of “home.” As she pulls back the curtain on this fantastic tale we realize we’ve really been looking at ourselves. --- --- --- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appeared in 1900 his magical land has been regularly revisited. To date 39 authorized sequels have been published including more than a dozen penned by Baum himself. The first of many stage musicals based on the material opened in 1902; its descendants include the Motown-inspired The Wiz from 1975 and the still-running Wicked which opened in 2003. The iconic 1939 movie is just the best-known of the more than dozen film adaptations and two more are on the immediate horizon: the animated Dorothy of Oz opening this year and Oz the Great and Powerful director Sam Raimi’s look at the Wizard’s early life which arrives in cinemas next spring. --- --- --- Burger explains that Baum’s story follows the basic journey as laid out by Joseph Campbell of the mythic hero: the central character leaves home has fantastic adventures conquers an enemy acquires self-knowledge and returns safely bearing newfound wisdom. _____________________________ Ray Bolger [1904-1987] US actor Jack Haley [1897-1979] US actor Judy Garland [1922-1969] US actress and singer and Bert Lahr [1895-1967] US actor and comedian all in costume as they dance along the yellow brick road in a publicity still from the film 'The Wizard of Oz' 1939. The musical adapted from the novel by L Frank Baum [1856-1919] and directed by Victor Fleming [1889-1949] starred Bolger as the 'Scarecrow' Haley as the 'Tin Man' Garland as 'Dorthy Gale' and Lahr as the 'Cowardly Lion'. Since L. Frank Baum’s original novel ---
Headline2012: New books movies and plays keep spilling out of the perennial wellspring of Oz. Each reveals a facet of that fabled land—and of the generation that produces the work.
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Copyright Noticepsmag.com/culture/to-find-america-follow-yellow-brick-road -a Alissa Burger Book Review by Tom Jacobs
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Date Created01/01/1939
URLhttp://www.psmag.com/culture/to-find-america-follow-yellow-brick-road-43068/

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