"Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic," Documenting Birth of Oz to Wicked, Will Be Published

"The Wonderful World of Oz," a new publication tracing the history of the 1939 musical and its impact on culture through to the Broadway hit Wicked, will be released Nov. 7.

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Penned by John Fricke, the Emmy Award-winning producer of the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography documentaries about Judy Garland, "The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic" promises photographs of the largest collection of Oz memorabilia. It is published by Down East Books.

Chapters include "The Royal Historian of Oz," "An American Phenomenon," "A Technicolor Show of Shows," "Oz Around the World," "Return to Oz" and " Wicked Wonderful."

"The wonderful world of Oz is a magical place — and has been for generations of Americans since Frank Baum penned his enduring classic in 1900," according to the publisher. "With the 1939 movie staring Judy Garland, Oz was forever woven into our culture. Over the course of the 20th Century, Oz continued to captured the hearts of the American people — and people all over the world. This book documents that magical journey through beautiful photographs of the world's largest collection of Oz memorabilia. Whether it's first-edition covers, a munchkin costume, or the Wicked Playbill, the iconic items on these pages tell the story of America’s most beloved fairy tale. Come over the rainbow and see why there truly is no place like Oz."

Fricke is also the author of "The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History" and "Judy: A Legendary Film Career."