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This is a brief discussion of Ruth Plumly Thompson and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Thompson.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Thompson: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Thompson tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Thompson worthy; in sum, to help you rank Ruth Plumly Thompson (and the works by Thompson listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


A Few Words About Ruth Plumly Thompson

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Ruth Plumly Thompson Resources

Ruth Plumly Thompson Resources on the Web

Poor Thompson! Lost in Baum’s shadow, she has almost nothing about her on the web, save as side notes to general Oziana.

The best, and it’s not much, is the Ruth Plumly Thompson page at the Wizard of Oz Wiki. There is also a Thompson page at the International Wizard of Oz Club site, and one at the “Oz Squad” site.

Thompson is now remembered entirely for her Oz books, but she did write several others (seven—at least some are in print), all children’s books; you can see a complete list of her seven non-Oz books. You can also see covers and illustrations [archived copy] from all her Oz books—pretty, if irrelevant to her writing. And that, I fear, is that.

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Ruth Plumly Thompson Resources in Print

I could find none

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Ruth Plumly Thompson ****

(After Baum’s death, Thompson continued the Oz series past his 14 titles, writing 19 herself; they are closely comparable to the originals in flavor and quality. (There are 7 more Oz books, written by a total of seven authors other than Baum & Johnson, considered by fans to be “part of the canon”, plus a host of “non-canonical” others; see the Oz, others listing farther above. These are, of course, nominally children’s books.)

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