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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Loncraine Narrator: Brooke Heldman Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781621884057
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The Real Wizard of Oz is an imaginatively written work that stretches the genre of biography and enriches our understanding of modern fairy tales. L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its thirteen sequels, lived during eventful times in American history—from 1856 to 1919—that influenced nearly every aspect of his writing. Baum’s famous fairy tale is filled with the pain of the economic uncertainties of the Gilded Age and with a yearning for real change, ideas which many contemporary Americans will recognize. The Wizard of Oz continues to fascinate and influence us because it explores universal themes of longing for a better world, homesickness, and finding inner strength amid the storms. This is a colorful portrait of one man’s vivid and eccentric imagination and the world that shaped it.

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  • “This fascinating, colorfully written book illuminates L. Frank Baum's boom-and-bust story—from the crowded Finger Lakes to the parched South Dakota Territory, from Chicago's gleaming World’s Fair to the beginnings of Hollywood. To write the ultimate American fairy tale, Baum lived a thoroughly American life. He grew up with the country but kept alive the child inside him, and us.”

    James Finn Garner, author of Politically Incorrect Bedtime Stories

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About the Author

Rebecca Loncraine was born in England and raised on a hill farm in Wales. She holds a doctorate in literature from Oxford University and writes regularly for the British press, including the Independent, the Guardian, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is also a creative writing teacher.

About the Narrator

Brooke Heldman has narrated numerous audiobooks for Recorded Books and Christian Audio, including titles by R. J. Larson, Jenny B. Jones, and Lisa T. Bergren.