by L. Frank Baum
Unabridged Fairy Tale
“An accomplished wizard once lived on the top floor of a tenement house and passed his time in thoughtful study and studious thought. What he didn’t know about wizardry was hardly worth knowing, for he possessed all the books and recipes of all the wizards who had lived before him; and, moreover, he had invented several wizardments himself. “
This humourous story by the author of the Wizard of Oz series, involves a wizard, a glass-blower and a lady of high-society. It was published in 1901 with eleven other fantastical stories in a volume entitled American Fairy Tales. In his introduction to the second publication of these stories in 1908, Baum wrote:
My friends, the children, will find these stories quite as astonishing as if they had been written hundreds of years ago, for ours is the age of astonishing things. They are not too serious in purpose, but aim to amuse and entertain, yet I trust the more thoughtful of my readers will find a wholesome lesson hidden beneath each extravagant notion and humorous incident.
This is the unabridged short story, read by J. Winter Collins.
Originally for sale on July 16, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.
Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was a New York-born author best known for the beloved classics of children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and 13 other books in the Oz universe.
J. Winter Collins is a teacher, artist, writer and performer who lives in north central Florida. She is involved in a wide range of creative projects, most of which relate to teaching and entertaining children of all ages.