The Emerald City of Oz
Perhaps I should admit on the title page that this book is "By L. Frank Baum and his correspondents," for I have used many suggestions conveyed to me in letters from children. Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author of fairy tales," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave into the thread of my stories.
These ideas are often clever. They are also logical and interesting. So I have used them whenever I could find an opportunity, and it is but just that I acknowledge my indebtedness to my little friends.
My, what imaginations these children have developed! Sometimes I am fairly astounded by their daring and genius. There will be no lack of fairy-tale authors in the future, I am sure. My readers have told me what to do with Dorothy, and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and I have obeyed their mandates. They have also given me a variety of subjects to write about in the future: enough, in fact, to keep me busy for some time. I am very proud of this alliance. Children love these stories because children have helped to create them. My readers know what they want and realize that I try to please them. The result is very satisfactory to the publishers, to me, and (I am quite sure) to the children.
I hope, my dears, it will be a long time before we are obliged to dissolve partnership.
L. FRANK BAUM.
- Chapter 1: How the Nome King Became Angry
- Chapter 2: How Uncle Henry Got Into Trouble
- Chapter 3: How Ozma Granted Dorothy's Request
- Chapter 4: How The Nome King Planned Revenge
- Chapter 5: How Dorothy Became a Princess
- Chapter 6: How Guph Visited the Whimsies
- Chapter 7: How Aunt Em Conquered the Lion
- Chapter 8: How the Grand Gallipoot Joined The Nomes
- Chapter 9: How the Wogglebug Taught Athletics
- Chapter 10: How the Cuttenclips Lived
- Chapter 11: How the General Met the First and Foremost
- Chapter 12: How they Matched the Fuddles
- Chapter 13: How the General Talked to the King
- Chapter 14: How the Wizard Practiced Sorcery
- Chapter 15: How Dorothy Happened to Get Lost
- Chapter 16: How Dorothy Visited Utensia
- Chapter 17: How They Came to Bunbury
- Chapter 18: How Ozma Looked into the Magic Picture
- Chapter 19: How Bunnybury Welcomed the Strangers
- Chapter 20: How Dorothy Lunched With a King
- Chapter 21: How the King Changed His Mind
- Chapter 22: How the Wizard Found Dorothy
- Chapter 23: How They Encountered the Flutterbudgets
- Chapter 24: How the Tin Woodman Told the Sad News
- Chapter 25: How the Scarecrow Displayed His Wisdom
- Chapter 26: How Ozma Refused to Fight for Her Kingdom
- Chapter 27: How the Fierce Warriors Invaded Oz
- Chapter 28: How They Drank at the Forbidden Fountain
- Chapter 29: How Glinda Worked a Magic Spell
- Chapter 30: How the Story of Oz Came to an End