Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Latest Oz Reading

I still have a big stack of magazines to get through, and the comics order is supposed to be here soon. But I did manage to slip in one little bit of Oz reading recently, that being The Wonderful Mother of Oz by Sally Roesch Wagner, a publication of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. I probably don't need to tell most of you that Matilda was L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law, but in cae you didn't know that, this pamphlet talks about them (and Maud Gage Baum, her daughter and his wife, of course). Matilda proved to be a huge influence on Baum, and their relationship was not the stereotypical antagonistic one between a strong woman and her possibly henpecked son-in-law. There's nothing really new or revelatory in here for most Oz readers, but I don't think we're necessarily who this is aimed at anyway. So, a pleasant little non-fiction read, extremely affordable, and if you buy a copy, the proceeds go to a worthy cause as well.

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