FRIENDS OF DOROTHY
The Wizard of Oz is a long-established pillar of popular culture. Oz is a whole world--the book itself and the many others in the series, as well as the movie. Dee Michel, a lifelong lover of the Oz books, discovered that they seem to have a particular appeal to gay men and boys. Friends of Dorothy explores this phenomenon, drawing on extensive research and conversations, and uncovers interesting insights into both the Oz phenomenon and gay culture itself. Dee Michel devotes attention as well to the experience of gay boys encountering the world of Oz, and the psychological purposes it serves for them. Friends of Dorothy is warmly written, solidly researched, and provides a fascinating look at Oz and the gay community.
DEE MICHEL holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Sciences and has spoken extensively on the theme of Oz and the gay community at academic conferences, gay studies classes, and at the Library of Congress. He lives in Northampton.