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Title:
Queen Zixi of Ix : or the story of the magic cloak
Author:
Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919.
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2004]
Physical Description:
264 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786265008
Format :
Book

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"The renowned author of the wonderful Oz stories surpasses himself with a full-blown fairy tale, complete with magic wishes, palace life, an evil hag, and a poor boy and girl. ""In some ways,"" Baum confided to his son, ""Queen Zixi is my best effort."" Critic Edward Wagenknecht goes further, terming it flatly one of the best fairy tales ever written by anyone. Adding to the delight of this classic are the original illustrations by Frederick Richardson."


Author Notes

Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored.

Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow.

The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

I The Weaving of the Magic Ooak
II The Book of Laws ...
III The Gift of the Magic Cloak
IV King Bud of Noland
V Ptincess Fluff...
VI Bud Dispenses Justice
VII The Wings of Aunt Rivette
VIII The Royal Reception ...
IX Jikki Has a Wish Granted
X The Counselors Wear the Magic Cloak
XI The Witch-Queen ...
XII Zixi Disguises Herself
XIII Tullyduh Rescues the Kingdom
XIV The Rout of the Army of Ix
XV The Theft of the Magic Cloak
XVI The Plain Above the Clouds ...
XVII The Descent of the Roly-Rogues
XVIII The Conquest of Noland
XIX The Bravery of Aunt Rivette
XX In the Palace of the Witch-Queen
XXI The Search for the Magic Cloak
XXII Ruffles Carries the Silver Vial
XXIII The Destruction of the Monsters
XXIV The Sailorman's Return
XXV The Fairy-Queen