taternuggets wrote:Well, this seven year old company is the one that prints and markets the shirts here. I would think it would be up to them rather than the Library of Congress on which shirts to do it with.
True they can print what ever they want...just don't base the decision on some half-baked criteria that contradicts the non-tee-shirt printing literary experts.
Do a little research. I can find THOUSANDS of references to Frank Baum as the father of the American FAIRY TALE. And no...these aren't hyperbolic statements from an exhibition.
"Since its publication in September 1900, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has become America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale."
"Considered the creator of the first American fairy tale, Lyman Frank Baum was born atChittenango, New York, near Syracuse, on May 15, 1856."
"As he explained that he wanted to tell an exciting story with intriguing characters andevents. “Having this thought in mind,” he said, “the story of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, inwhich the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.”
"Many librarians banned it from their collections,declaring it was not quality literature, and other groups censored it as being controversial andinappropriate for children. Gradually, some authorities, such as Edward Wagenknecht in the1929 book Utopia Americana, credited Baum for creating an original American fairy tale inThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Other scholars said that Baum had appropriated European fairytale motifs. Since the late twentieth century, Baum’s Oz novels have been a staple for children’s literature analysis based on differing interpretative frameworks."
"He acknowledged the influence of The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, and even Lewis Caroll‘s “Alice in Wonderland” books, but was deliberately setting out to create “American fairy tales.”
"L. Frank Baum did not come to write the books of Oz until he was well into his middle age. In American Writers for Children, 1900-1960, Michael Patrick Hearn writes that, "On 15 May 1900, Baum’s forty-fourth birthday, his most enduring work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , was printed. The new book, a full-length fairy tale, again illustrated by Denslow, matched the great success of Father Goose,"