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Encyclopedia > Michael Patrick Hearn

Michael Patrick Hearn is an American literary scholar and one of America's leading men of letters specializing in children's literature and its illustration. His works include The Annotated Wizard of Oz (1971/2000), The Annotated Huckleberry Finn (2001) and The Annotated Christmas Carol (1977/2003). He considers the three most quintessential American novels to be Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain[1] Moby-Dick book cover Moby-Dick - the official title of the first edition - is a novel by Herman Melville. ... Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, essayist and poet. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a childrens book written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ... Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, and the creator with illustrator W. W. Denslow of one of the most popular books ever written in American childrens literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ... Huckleberry Finn and Jim Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) is commonly accounted as the first Great American Novel. ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer. ...

He is an expert on L. Frank Baum and is currently writing a biography about him, which sets forth to correct the numerous errors in previous biographies, many based on Frank Joslyn Baum's out of print and largely mythological To Please a Child.

As an Oz and L. Frank Baum scholar, he also edited The Critical Heritage Edition of the Wizard of Oz for Schocken Books (1986), wrote the introduction to the first published version of the screenplay of The Wizard of Oz (1939 film). He appears in the documentaries Oz: the American Fairyland and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1983), credited as an "Authority on L. Frank Baum". He gave the keynote address at the Centennial convention of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz mounted by The International Wizard of Oz Club, and often makes public appearances in which he lectures on Baum. Schocken Verlag was establish in Berlin witha publishing office in Prague in 1931 by the Department Store owner Salman Schocken. ... For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard of Oz. ... Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) was a suffragist, a Native American activist, an abolitionist, a freethinker, and a prolific author, who was born with a hatred of oppression. Though born in Cicero, New York, Gage maintained residence in Fayetteville, New York for the majority of her life. ... A centennial is a 100-year anniversary of an event, or the celebrations pertaining thereto. ... Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a childrens book written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ...

Other books as author or editor include:

  • 50 years of Wanda GaÌg's Millions of Cats: 1928-1978 (1978)
  • McLoughlin Brothers, publishers, 1828-1978 (1980)
  • Victorian Fairy Tales (1980)
  • Peter Newell, American Comic Illustrator (1983)
  • The Chocolate Book: A Sampler for Boys and Girls" (1983)
  • The Best of the Andrew Lang Fairy Tale Book (1986)
  • 65 years of Wanda GaÌg's Millions of Cats: 1928-1993 (1992)
  • Native American Legends : Lakota (1995)
  • Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book Illustration (1996)
  • The Victorian Fairy Tale Book (2002)
  • From the Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children's Book Illustration (2003)
  • The Porcelain Cat (children's picture book, 2005)

He has also written articles for Horn Book and The Baum Bugle.



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