Little-known facts about the Wizard of Oz books

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  • Dorothy wears silver shoes instead of the iconic ruby slippers.
  • Baum’s first Oz book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was turned into a burlesque-style Broadway musical in 1902 about Dorothy falling in love with a poet-prince. Instead of Toto the dog, there’s a cow named Imogene, and the wizard is an Irish wisecracking comedian.
  • Some scholars believe that the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (nicknamed “the White City”) inspired the Emerald City. Others propose that since Baum often stayed at San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado and wrote some of his Oz books there, that could be another influence for the Emerald City.

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