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"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow, was published in 1900 and has been inextricably linked with our culture ever since. The book gave rise to a series of 40 novels. The story was soon produced on the stage and then by the movie industry beginning with silent films. MGM's 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, is ranked 10th in the American Film Institute's top 100 films. Learn about the author, the series of books, the 1939 MGM film and its stars, and how the classic fairy tale has impacted our lives today.