This site is maintained by me, Eric Gjovaag, and is a continuous work-in-progress. Therefore, I will be changing and adding things all the time. Please keep coming by to see what I've done.
This is a wiki, but not one available to the public. Only users authorized by myself are allowed to update this website.
All material on this site and the code to create it are copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Eric P. Gjovaag. All rights reserved.
The Wizard of Oz is just one of the many, many books that has been challenged or removed from schools and libraries throughout the United States and around the world. This video explains more about Banned Book Week, and lists the ten most challenged books of 2018.
For those who already know where they're going.
The International Wizard of Oz Club has been uniting and educating Oz fans around the world since 1957. Members receive three annual issues of the Club's journal, The Baum Bugle, plus deals on the Club's literary journal, Oziana, and other publications, and news on Club conventions and other events. Come join your fellow Ozmatologists!
Who wrote the Oz books? What was Dorothy's last name? Can you really see a man hanging himself in the movie? These and many, many other questions are answered here, in an extremely comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about The Wizard of Oz—and their answers as well. If you have an Oz question, this is the place to look first!
Here you can find other Wizard of Oz and related websites that I have found and that I hope you will enjoy. If your question isn't answered in the question-and-answer section above, maybe someone else has an answer for you here. Click on the picture to visit some of them. This is also the place to look for sites devoted to Oz pictures, Oz sounds, Oz shopping, Oz personal pages, Oz fun, online Oz books...
Far and away, this is the most frequently asked question I get from those who view this page: Is there a man (or Munchkin) hanging himself in the background in The Movie? In fact, I got so sick and tired of answering this question that I wrote my FAQ and set up this website mostly so I wouldn't have to explain it all the time! Yet even though the answer is readily available here on my website, people continue to ask me. Many were the days when I had more than one note asking me about this in my e-mail inbox. Well, to satisfy all of you who have sought out this website just to ask me this question, this link to the question and answer in my FAQ should make the answer clear. For other points of view, you can check out any of the links listed below.
Since I feel that these links adequately answer the question, any questions I receive pertaining to this topic will no longer be answered.
Now that the issue of the hanging man has been dealt with, this is the next biggest question I get asked about: What is the meaning behind The Wizard of Oz? Is it a fantasy quest where the goal is to get out of the fantasy? Is it a search for courage, intelligence, and passion, or a search for the true self? Is it the story of fraudulent politics in a media age, or a coming of age story where a girl finds her real power in her shoes? Is it the story of incomplete men in a post-feminist age, or a quest for home, for wholeness, for magic—things we already have but just don't see? The most gripping answer, which most people seem to have heard about, seems to be that Baum wrote it as some sort of political manifesto—except no one can agree as to which turn-of-the-century politics the story is talking about! The answers, such as they are, are here in this website, but below are some additional links.
Any questions I now receive dealing with this topic will not be answered.
And in case you were wondering about the above cartoon, it's considered to be the very first cartoon to use the characters from The Movie in a political context. The Tin Woodman is France, the Cowardly Lion is Great Britain, the Scarecrow is Poland, Dorothy is European Civilization, the Wicked Witch is Adolf Hitler, and the Winged Monkey is Benito Mussolini. The Monkey is saying, "Hey, Boss—Maybe that lion isn't so cowardly!"
The long list of interpretive questions above is taken from an episode of the radio show Connections, copyright © 1998 WBUR, Boston, Massachusetts.
All the latest news about Oz, updated whenever there is something to add. News is archived for the past year.
Wizard of Oz performances and other events are held all over the world. Go here for a listing and more information on many of them, including television broadcasts.
Just a little web log where I can jot down little Ozzy thoughts, bits of news, and anything else that comes to mind.
This was an occasional column on Ozzy issues of all types, written by Eric Gjovaag, this website's Webwizard. They have been archived here.
For teachers of all subjects and levels, here are some ideas for incorporating Oz into your classes. (Students can always let their teachers know about this part of the website, too...)
Want to host an Oz party? This page will give you some ideas of what to do, plus help you find party supplies and favors.
You can buy many Oz books and other Ozzy items here, and go straight to sources for other merchandise.
Reviews of all kinds of Ozzy merchandise. See what the users of this site recommend.
One-of-a-kind handmade dolls of many, many Oz characters are available for sale here.
Oz T-shirts, Cards, and Posters are now available through our own shop at Zazzle.com. Images are public domain images from the early Oz books. Show the world how much you like Oz!
"Hmm, who is this guy who's telling everyone about us here in Oz?"
All about me, why I have this site, and other things you might want to know.
Despite my modesty, and maintaining this site solely for my own pleasure and the education of others, people and organizations have given me nice awards and other outlets. This page shows them.
If you enjoy this site and want to help keep it going, or just want to help improve the world, go to this page and see what links are there.