Frank Baum

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The Wizard Of Oz: is there a more recognisable image in western cinema than Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion skipping down the yellow brick road? Photograph: Silver Screen/Getty

Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak(...)

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is being performed at Cork Opera House until August 26th. Photograph: John Allen

The Wizard of Oz ★★★★ Cork Opera House For a musical whose origins are so lost in a forest of derivatives that they do not rate a mention in the prog(...)

Wicked ★★★★ Bord Gais Energy Theatre Wicked begins with an ending. The Wicked Witch of the West is dead! However, Stephen Schwartz’s musical is more (...)

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump jeers the media in front a crowd of supporters in July  in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  John Moore/Getty Images

Richard Ford My old mentor and friend Shelby Foote used to say that a person couldn’t understand the US without understanding the American civil wa(...)

Thomas J Callan: had been only a few months in the army when he accompanied the 7th Cavalry on a fateful trip to Montana

Among the gravestones in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at East Orange, New Jersey, are two with Irish surnames – Sullivan and Callan. They also bear the(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

Rachel Weisz as Evanora in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful
The witches of Oz

You need not be waist deep in Angela Carter (though such immersion probably helps) to know that fairy stories – both ancient and contemporary – hav(...)

James Franco in Oz the Great and Powerful

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Directed by Sam Raimi. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Jo(...)