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L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York, the seventh of nine children born to Cynthia Stanton and Benjamin Ward Baum. His father was a wealthy businessman who had made his fortune in the oil fields of Pennsylvania. As a young child, Frank was educated at home with his siblings, but at the age of 12 he was sent to study at Peekskill Military Academy. He spent two utterly miserable years at the academy and was allowed to return home after suffering a heart attack. Frank started writing at an early age, successfully creating a small newspaper using a cheap printing press that his father bought him. He was even able to sell ads for his paper.

About that same time, Frank embarked upon his lifetime infatuation with theater and the performing arts—a devotion which would repeatedly lead him to failure and near-bankruptcy. In 1880 his father made him manager of a string of theaters that he owned. The Maid of Arran, a melodrama, proved a great, though short-lived, success; Baum not only wrote the play but composed songs for it and acted in the leading role.

On November 9, 1882, Baum married Maud Gage. Following several years of financial instability, including jobs in South Dakota (where Baum got his description of Kansas for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), they moved to Chicago, where he took a job reporting for the Evening Post.

In 1899, Baum partnered with illustrator W. W. Denslow, to publish Father Goose: His Book, a collection of nonsense poetry. Their book was a success, becoming the best-selling children's book of the year. A year later, they published another book to much critical and financial acclaim: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Oz was the best-selling children's book for two years! In 1902, Baum and Denslow teamed up with composer Paul Tietjens and director Julian Mitchell to produce a musical stage version of the book. It ran on Broadway 293 stage nights from 1902 to 1911, and also successfully toured the United States. The stage version differed quite a bit from the book and was primarily aimed at adults.

Baum made use of several pseudonyms for some of his other, non-Oz books. He died on May 6, 1919 and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California. A year later, his final book, Glinda of Oz, was published. But the Oz series was continued long after his death by other authors, notably Ruth Plumly Thompson who wrote an additional nineteen Oz books.

When the wardrobe department of MGM began to buy costumes for the 1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz, they purchased second-hand clothes from rummage sales around Hollywood. Actor Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard, was given one such overcoat to wear, and he happened to notice that the lining of the coat had a label saying, "Property of L. Frank Baum." In early publicity for the movie, MGM emphasized that this was a true story. Soon after the movie was released, the coat was taken to Baum's wife, who confirmed that it had been his.

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 4
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 4
by L. Frank Baum
from William Morrow & Company
for 2nd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Emerald City of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 6
by L. Frank Baum
Facsimile from William Morrow & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Emerald City of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 6
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Glinda of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 14
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Little Wizard Stories of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
1st edition from Dover Publications
for 4th-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Lost Princess of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 11
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Lost Princess of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Magic of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 13
by L. Frank Baum
Unabridged from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Marvelous Land of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 2
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 3rd-5th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Ozma of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 3
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Ozma of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 3
by L. Frank Baum
Library Binding from HarperCollins
for 4th-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Patchwork Girl of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 7
by L. Frank Baum
Reissue from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Queen Zixi of Ix
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Rinkitink in Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 10
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Road to Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 5
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Scarecrow of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 9
by L. Frank Baum
from Bottom of the Hill Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Scarecrow of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 9
by L. Frank Baum
from William Morrow & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Sea Fairies
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 3rd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Sky Island
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 3rd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Tik-Tok of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 8
by L. Frank Baum
from Dover Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Tin Woodman of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 12
by L. Frank Baum
from Bottom of the Hill Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Wizard of Oz
Illustrated Junior Library
by L. Frank Baum
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Wizard of Oz
Junior Deluxe Editions
by L. Frank Baum
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Wizard of Oz
Puffin Classics
by L. Frank Baum
from Puffin Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Signet Classics
by L. Frank Baum
from Signet Classics
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Sterling Classics
by L. Frank Baum & Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz Book 1
by L. Frank Baum
Unknown from Dover Publications
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Coloring Book
by Coloring Books, L. Frank Baum
1st edition from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)