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Before the movies, Broadway musicals and Halloween costumes, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a smash hit of a children's book published in 1900. NPR's Backseat Book Club goes back to where the Yellow Brick Road began with children's book historian Michael Patrick Hearn.
NPR's Backseat Book Club takes the yellow brick road back to its origins with L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900.
On its surface, L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fantastical adventure, set in a magical land of munchkins and winged monkeys. But historian Quentin Taylor reads modern parallels into the story.