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The richly imaginative works of L. Frank Baum and his Oz books are what hooked Vidal on reading and fueled an imagination that has made him both writer and iconoclast, the reader learns in this essay. Vidal recalls fondly the look and feel of the "dark blue covers, the evocative smell of dust and old ink," and the fact he could not stop reading and re-reading the Oz books.

Vidal finds it odd that writers, who owe much to Baum's worlds of the imagination, and librarians would pay him so little respect. Is it possible that, because of academic indifference to Baum, this important treasury of children's literature has survived? Vidal wonders. "The hostility of librarians to Oz books is in itself something of a phenomenon," Vidal says. "The books are always...

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