Lyman Frank Baum
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Pen Name: L. Frank Baum, Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Laura Bancroft, Captain Hugh Fitzgerald
Born: May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York
Deceased: May 6, 1919 in Hollywood, California
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"Education is a thing to be proud of. I'm educated myself. The mess of brains given me by the Great Wizard is considered by my friends to be unexcelled" - L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz
Baum lived in Chicago from 1888 - 1909.
Biographical and Professional Information
Baum was a Chicago newspaperman whose writings about Illinois were eclipsed by his chronicales of the wonderful Land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appeard in 1900, was an immediate success, and was produced in Chicago as a musical play in 1901. Baum follwed up his success with 13 more Oz books. The original Wizard of Oz was the basis of the classic film of 1939, starring Judy Garland.
Baum was also a playwright early in his life. It was as a writer, however, more than as a playwright, that Mr. Baum is best known. For more than twenty years he wrote children's and other stories for various magazines, including St. Nicholas, Youth's Companion and others. During his career Mr. Baum also wrote under several pen names, the "Mary Louise" books, and the "Flying Girl" and "Aunt Jane Nieces" series under the name of Edith Van Dyne, the "Boy Fortune Hunters" series under the name of Floyd Akers, the "Sam Steele" series under the name of Captain Hugh Fitzgerald, the "Twinkle Tales" and the "Babes in Birdland" under the name of Laura Bancroft, and various other books under the name of Suzanne Metcalf and Schuyler Staunton.
- Ozma Of Oz , Nabu Press , 2010
- The Treasury of Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of ... Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow Of Oz, Rinkitin, Wilder Publications , 2007
- The Complete Oz, Vol. 1, CreateSpace, 2008
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder), HarperCollins, 2000
- The Sea Fairies , General Books LLC , 2010
- The Marvelous Land of Oz , HarperCollins, 1985
- The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) , W. W. Norton & Company, 2000
- The Complete Book of Oz , Wilder Publications , 2006
- The Complete Oz, Vol. 2 , CreateSpace, 2008
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Ozma Of Oz
Release Date: 2010-09-29
The Treasury of Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City ... Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow Of Oz, Rinkitin
Release Date: 2007-08-03
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)
Release Date: 2000-10-03
The Complete Book of Oz
Release Date: 2006-02-23
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