This new edition of L. Frank Baum's classic tale is illustrated by Gavin L. O'Keefe. The illustrator has reflected the author's interest in Theosophy, providing a new perspective on this established icon of literature. With an Introductory Note by Fender Tucker and a Foreword by John Algeo.
For many of us, the adventures of Dorothy in Oz will forever be associated not with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but with W. W. Denslow's exceedingly odd line drawings for the original editions of Baum's Oz series. The Viennese artist Lisbeth Zwerger, however, goes a long way toward providing a new and refreshed set of images for the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the humbug wizard. These illustrations are often cockeyed, with occasional realistic details thrown in, like a crow with a corncob in its beak in the first portrait of the Scarecrow. The characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie.