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Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Zauberlinda the Wise Witch was published in 1901, and is frequently mentioned as being one of the more blatant imitations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is true in terms of appearance - the illustration style is very Denslow-like, and the layout of the book mimics the Wizard - but the story really doesn't seem to take that much inspiration from the L. Frank Baum book.
In fact, I find it interesting that in Zauberlinda we meet the King of the Gnomes, who lives underground where he rules a great kingdom of metalworkers. Annie and her cat Silvertoes are threatened with remaining in the Kingdom of the Gnomes forever, but manage to escape, taking along the King's most powerful magical object. I don't really think that this inspired Baum's writing, but the similarities to 1907's Ozma of Oz are striking! Other aspects of the book bring to mind the Twinkle and Chubbins stories, with the concept of "nature fairyland".
Posted by Bill Campbell