The Emerald City of Oz
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CITY OF OZ
Her Royal Highness
and to each and every one
of the children whose loyal
appreciation has encouraged
me to write the oz books
this volume is affectionately
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.
- How the Nome King Became Angry
- How Uncle Henry Got Into Trouble
- How Ozma Granted Dorothy's Request
- How The Nome King Planned Revenge
- How Dorothy Became a Princess
- How Guph Visited the Whimsies
- How Aunt Em Conquered the Lion
- How the Grand Gallipoot Joined The Nomes
- How the Wogglebug Taught Athletics
- How the Cuttenclips Lived
- How the General Met the First and Foremost
- How they Matched the Fuddles
- How the General Talked to the King
- How the Wizard Practiced Sorcery
- How Dorothy Happened to Get Lost
- How Dorothy Visited Utensia
- How They Came to Bunbury
- How Ozma Looked into the Magic Picture
- How Bunnybury Welcomed the Strangers
- How Dorothy Lunched With a King
- How the King Changed His Mind
- How the Wizard Found Dorothy
- How They Encountered the Flutterbudgets
- How the Tin Woodman Told the Sad News
- How the Scarecrow Displayed His Wisdom
- How Ozma Refused to Fight for Her Kingdom
- How the Fierce Warriors Invaded Oz
- How They Drank at the Forbidden Fountain
- How Glinda Worked a Magic Spell
- How the Story of Oz Came to an End