John J. Miller has a nice article about L. Frank Baum today in The Opinion Journal. This year is the 50th anniversary of the movie's television debut and the sesquicentennial of Baum's birth.
Baum was an imaginative spirit.
The concept of the Internet wouldn't have surprised him: In the 1880s, he imagined a future for "Baum's Hourly Newspaper," which would report on events as they happened in a 24/7 news cycle.
It never occured to me that the book could be a parable of the Populist movement of the 1890s.
This is a very interesting article.
I love Robert Sabuda's version of the story.