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Our Landlady

1996
Author(s):
Baum, Lyman Frank
Koupal, Nancy Tystad
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Illustrator(s):
Publisher(s):
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska
Genre(s):
Fiction
Biography
History

Comments:
In 1890 and 1891, L. Frank Baum edited The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer in the Dakota Territory. Although the newspaper was not a financial success, it gave Baum the opportunity of developing his writing skills through a fascinating column entitled, "Our Landlady". For the most part, the columns contain rural humor, but a few of the columns show his interest in fantasy, including predictions of the future as well as some concepts that appear in the Oz books. This book features historical background behind Aberdeen, it's residents, and the interpersonal and political motivations behind the stories. In addition, all of Baum's columns are reprinted with annotations. Highly recommended!

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