In a message dated 97-10-17 13:13:11 EDT, you write:
<< Hmmm...I read the book many times, and I must have read it wrong, because
 I did not get a pessimistic message. I thought it was a wry, ironic and
 yes, pragmatic book: seeing people and situations as they are rather than
 glorified pap doesn't in my book :-) spell pessimism. A dose of reality
 tempers the American Dream and sundry quest initiatives (sometimes called
 Empire, sometimes personal voyages of self-discovery).
I had been under the (mistaken?) impression that some of what went on it the
Wizard of Oz was a satire on the Progressive Era and progessive politicians.
Anyone else heard that? Anyone buy it?
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