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Denslow’s OZ January 14, 2020 – Posted in: books, Content, Illustration

      Of the 14 books in L. Frank Baum’s beloved Wizard of Oz series only one was illustrated by W.W. Denslow. As it turns out, it was a big one. For it was Denslow that illustrated the first volume, Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, and visually introduced us to Dorothy and the gang.   Though many of us think of John R. Neill when thinking of Oz illustrators it was Denslow’s  “depictions…

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Art Students Rework The Wizard of Oz April 27, 2010

Type designer and illustrator Jessica Hische came up with this project for her students at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia: “I decided to assign one main project with multiple components — book cover design + endpapers, titlepage, and bookplate for a special edition novelization of The Wizard of Oz.” “This was literally the first time some of the students had worked with type, so I was expecting to have to do a lot…

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Urgent Dispatch to Oz: Emerald City Library Needs Cash August 26, 2009

The Seattle Public Library, one of the crown jewels of “The Emerald City” will be closing its doors, both real and virtual, for an entire week beginning Monday, August 31. The fact that one of the most book-friendly cities in the United States cannot keep its libraries open due to lack of funding is distressing in the extreme, and does not bode well for other municipalities. Nationwide, public libraries are being used more than ever…

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