Saturday, January 02, 2016

The Latest Oz Short Story

Another of the "Tales of Mother Goose" from The Purple Dragon and Other Fantasies by L. Frank Baum, this one "The Wond'rous Wise Man". You can see the germ of such characters as the Wogglebug, the Frogman, and even bits of The Wizard in this story, in that Solomon, the title character, isn't quite so wise as everyone perceives him to be, and much of his "wisdom" is just common sense, but it still startles other people. So is Baum commenting more on people who claim to be wise but aren't, or the gullibility and delusions of others? I suspect the answer lies somewhere in between.

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