June 20, 2011

Following Bekka, the fourth chronicler of Boad will be Plumly, so named by me in honor of Ruth Plumly Thompson, who continued writing the Oz books after L. Frank Baum’s death. I received The Gnome King of Oz as a birthday present in 1955. Imagine how thrilled I was to rip off the wrapping paper and see that great cover. I treasured my Oz books and still have quite a few of them. Ruth Plumly Thompson certainly proved to be a worthy successor to L. Frank Baum. Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, becomes the not so happy Queen of the Quilties in The Gnome King of Oz. Read it and hear the voice of Oz stories in the 1920s. Thank you, Ruth. I hope my character of Plumly would have met with your approval.

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