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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lyman Frank Baum  

Pen Name: L. Frank Baum, Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Laura Bancroft, Captain Hugh Fitzgerald

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York

Died: May 6, 1919 in Hollywood, California

-- Lyman Frank Baum on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Baum lived in Chicago from 1891 - 1910. In 1899, he lived at 1667 North Humboldt Boulevard in Chicago when he wrote ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. '' In 1976, a Chicago park was named to honor Frank Baum’s mythical land of Oz. Bordering Webster and Larrabee Streets on Chicago’s North Side, ''Oz Park'' serves as a lasting tribute to him.

Biographical and Professional Information

L. Frank 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.

Published Works

  • Mother Goose in Prose, 1897
  • By the Candelabra's Glare, 1898
  • Father Goose: His Book, 1899
  • A New Wonderland, 1900 - Later published as The Magical Monarch of Mo in 1903
  • The Army Alphabet, 1900
  • The Navy Alphabet, 1900
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900
  • Dot and Tot of Merryland, 1901
  • American Fairy Tales, 1901
  • The Master Key: An Electrical Fairy Tale, 1901
  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, 1902
  • The Enchanted Island of Yew, 1903
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz, 1904
  • The Woggle-Bug Book, 1905
  • Queen Zixi of Ix, 1905
  • John Dough and the Cherub, 1906
  • Father Goose's Year Book: Quaint Quacks and Feathered Shafts for Mature Children, 1907
  • Ozma of Oz, 1907
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, 1908
  • The Road to Oz, 1909
  • The Emerald City of Oz, 1910
  • The Daring Twins: A Story for Young Folk, 1911
  • The Sea Fairies, 1911
  • Sky Island, 1912
  • Phoebe Daring: A Story for Young Folk, 1912
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz, 1913
  • Little Wizard Stories of Oz, 1913
  • Tik-Tok of Oz, 1914
  • The Scarecrow of Oz, 1915
  • Rinkitink in Oz, 1916
  • The Lost Princess of Oz, 1917
  • The Tin Woodman of Oz, 1918
  • The Magic of Oz, 1919
  • Glinda of Oz, 1920

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ozma of oz.
ISBN: 1173247270. OCLC Number:

Nabu Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2010.

The treasury of Oz /
ISBN: 1604590297. OCLC Number:

Wilder Publications,. Radford, VA :. ©2007.

For generations L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz books have captured and enthralled millions of readers. These stories are as delightful today as they were the day they were written. Now you can thrill will Dorothy and Toto as they discover Oz in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Race through the countryside with Tip and Jack Pumpkinhead as they flee the wicked witch Mobi in The Marvelous Land of Oz. Adventure with Ozma as she rescues Dorothy and the royal family from the evil Nome King in Ozma of Oz. Join Dorothy as an earthquake sends her to the land of Mangaboos and the vegetable people in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Journey with Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Shaggy Man, Button-Bright, and Polychrome in The Road to Oz. In The Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy brings Aunt Em and Uncle Henry along for the adventure! In The Patchwork Girl of Oz you will accompany Ojo the Unlucky on his quest to gather the five ingredients needed to make the antidote for the Liquid of Petrifaction to save his aunt and uncle. In Little Wizard Stories of Oz you will thrill to six short stories with many of your favorite friends from Oz. And in Tik-Tok of Oz you can travel with the Shaggy Man as he struggles to rescue his brother from the Nome King. In The Scarecrow of Oz, you'll accompany Scarecrow as he journeys to Jinxland to rescue Cap'n Bill and Trot. In Rinkitink in Oz you can join Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as they set off on a rescue mission. And in The Lost Princess of Oz, Ozma and the Great Book of Records disappear and it's up tp Dorothy to find them. In The Tin Woodman of Oz, join the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Woot, and Polychrom as they journey to Munchkin Country to find Nimmie Amee. In The Magic of Oz, Dorothy and her friends stop an illegal wizard from transforming people into animals. And in Glinda of Oz, Dorothy and Ozma travel to stop a war between the Flatheads and Skeezers.

The wonderful Wizard of Oz /
ISBN: 0060293233. OCLC Number:

Books of Wonder :. [New York] :. [2000], ©1900.

After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

Sea fairies.
ISBN: 1153720159. OCLC Number:

General Books,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2010.

The marvelous land of Oz :
ISBN: 0688054390. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©1985.

Tip and his creation, Jack Pumpkin, run away to Oz, where they save the city after it is captured by girls.

The annotated Wizard of Oz :
ISBN: 0393049922. OCLC Number:

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An illustrated, annotated reproduction of the 1900 edition of the story of Dorothy's journey over the rainbow to the wonderful world of Oz; with discussion of character sources, critical interpretations, and information on the life of author L. Frank Baum.


  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2013

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