Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Scarecrow of Oz

When I wrote about Sam Raimi’s cinematic takeon the Oz mythos, I neglected to mention my own fondness for L Frank Baum’s books, which I read as a laddie. Despite being aimed at children, their tone was considerably darker than the MGM film classic, which is one reason I remain fond of the books.

I used the google and found to my delight that Gore Vidal’s classic 1977 essay On Rereading The Oz Books is online at the NY Review of Books’ web site. Check it out, y’all. It’s the Master at his best.

And now for today’s book cover. How about a little fire, Scarecrow?

Scarecrow of OZ

4 thoughts on “Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Scarecrow of Oz

  1. joel hanes says:

    The covers and illustrations were beautiful on the first-edition Baum books.
    The good news is that the entire Baum series has been lovingly republished by Books of Wonder
    Don’t neglect Ruth Plumly Thompson’s extension of the series:another baker’s dozen Oz books.

  2. ArchTeryx says:

    That particular Oz book actually had one of the more memorable “sidekick” characters in it, Flipper the Ork. He had quite a sarcastic streak but damn if he didn’t come through in the clinch for the Scarecrow.
    (And I managed to get a *very* good artist to do her version of him:http://archteryx.deviantart.com/art/Flipper-the-Ork-122617460. He may look nearly as bizarre as the Gump, but he can and will kick your ass if you threaten his friends).

  3. ArchTeryx says:

    (Well, crap. The period screws up the link. Here’s a working one:http://archteryx.deviantart.com/art/Flipper-the-Ork-122617460 )

  4. Kaleberg says:

    The movie “Return to Oz” was surprisingly good. It presents a much darker view than the original “Wizard of Oz” movie that it is a sequel to.

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