I love fairy tales, the stories, illustrations, the works! They form the basis for many cultural stereotypes and were used as both teaching tales for children and as a way to critique society without risk of censure.
L. Frank Baum can be considered the first truly American fabulist. His Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) gave American boys and girls the chance to imagine fairy tales taking place in their own country. It was ground-breaking at the time and firmly stamped the land of Oz into the fabric of our society. Join me over at the PulpFest blog for my new article, “Bradbury in Oz “, a look at how Baum’s seminal work influenced science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury (1920-2012). Here’s how it starts–
The Yellow Brick Road to the Pulps
Excluding Native American myths, American culture lacks traditional mythological heroes. Certainly, it has some — Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, and John Henry, for example — but the dramatic kings and queens, knights and sorcerers are simply not present.
In the 19th century, American children were raised with hero tales that didn’t quite jibe with their own lives…. READ more at the PulpFest blog.