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Lyman Frank Baum

Born: May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York
Died: May 6, 1919 in Hollywood, California

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

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: L. Frank Baum was a Chicago newspaperman whose writings about Illinois were eclipsed by his chronicles of the wonderful Land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, appeared in 1900 and was an immediate success. It was produced as a musical play in 1901. Baum followed up his success with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 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, the Flying Girl, and the Aunt Jane Nieces series was written 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.

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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers

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Selected Titles

A new wonderland
ISBN: 1598185071 OCLC: 420698728

Aegypan Press, [North Hollywood, Calif.] : [2011]

Fourteen tales about the magical land of Mo and the people and animals who live there.

American fairy tales
ISBN: 9781518928475 OCLC: 974346998

Author's Republic : [United States] : 2016.

American Fairy Tales: classic folk stories and fairy tales of L. Frank Baum.

  By the candelabra's glare
ISBN: 0820113611 OCLC: 7206411

Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, Delmar, N.Y. : 1981.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
ISBN: 9781515416203 OCLC: 973836649

Dancing Unicorn Books, Lanham : ©2017.

Lyman Frank Baum penned fourteen novels in his famous Oz chronology. The fourth, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, was published in 1908 and introduced readers to Dorothy Gale's second cousin, Zeb, as well as to Eureka the cat, and Jim the Cab-horse. This volume of Original Oz Stories is formatted not only for ease of reading, but to emulate the textual structure of that original publication.

Dot and Tot of Merryland.
ISBN: 133601119X OCLC: 904086519

Trajectory, Inc., 2014.

Father Goose: His Book
ISBN: 1419119389 OCLC: 56110598

[Kessinger], [Whitefish, MT] : [2004?]

Glinda of Oz
ISBN: 9781469024837 OCLC: 844073396

Hachette Audio, [New York] : 2013.

When Glinda informs Ozma, the ruler of Oz, that there is trouble brewing between two distant lands in Oz, Ozma decides to take Dorothy along with her and try to put an end to the problems. Ozma and Dorothy travel first to the land of the Flatheads, where they encounter the evil dictator Su-Dic and are forced to discover they will not be able to make Su-Dic want peace. They then move on to the land of the Skeezers, whose evil queen Coo-ee-ooh is unwilling to make peace as Su-Dic. Ozma and Dorothy then find themselves trapped in the land of the Skeezers while the Flatheads attack and transform Queen Coo-ee-ooh into a swan. While Ozma and Dorothy try to find a way out of the sticky situation, Glinda assembles a group to come help rescue them as well.

John Dough and the cherub :
ISBN: 9783736406414 OCLC: 958567659

The adventures of John Dough, the human-sized gingerbread man brought to life by an Arab elixir, and Chick, the world's first incubator baby, as they travel from the Island of Phreex to the kingdom of Hilo.

Little wizard stories of Oz
ISBN: 9781515415718 OCLC: 973836624

Dancing Unicorn Books, [Lanham] : [2017]

Lyman Frank Baum penned fourteen novels in his famous Oz chronology. During the same year that Oz was reconnected to readers via the wonder of wireless telegraphy, he also penned a half dozen Little Wizard short stories, which were later collected as presented here. This volume of Original Oz Stories is formatted not only for ease of reading, but to emulate the textual structure of that original publication.

Ozma of Oz.
ISBN: 9781987142679 OCLC: 1039685942

Dorothy revisits the Land of Oz and encounters a group of Wheelers (fuzzy creatures with wheels instead of feet) and a friendly robot-like character named Tik Tok. On a mission to help save the Royal Family of Ev, Dorothy is reunited with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and the Lion, and meets Ozma, the Princess of Oz. Dorothy and her friends venture to the underground caverns of Nomeland, narrowly escaping the evil magic of the Nome King in their daring rescue of the Prince of Ev.

Phoebe Daring :
ISBN: 3736419732 OCLC: 993096823

Queen Zixi of Ix
ISBN: 9783849643614 OCLC: 919498377

This is the illustrated edition including all the beautiful drawings by Frederick Richardson. This is the story of a magic cloak, woven by the fairies in an hour of boredom, that will fulfill one wish for each wearer. It is given to a little girl who declares herself to be the most unhappy person in all the world. Her brother is soon afterwards proclaimed King of Noland, and Queen Zixi of the neighboring kingdom of Ix hears about the cloak. She sets out to steal it from its owner, not knowing that it loses its magic powers when stolen. The cloak passes through many hands and fulfills many wishes before it is cut up by an old woman for her crazy quilt. It is finally reclaimed by the fairy queen, without Zixi ever having her wish granted.

Sky Island
ISBN: 9781469025391 OCLC: 852862719

Hachette Audio, [New York] : 2013.

Button-Bright's adventures begin when he finds a magic umbrella that will carry him anywhere in the world.

Tales of Mother Goose
ISBN: 9781934941683 OCLC: 391343311

Red and Black Publishers, St. Petersburg, Fla. : 2009.

A collection of twenty-two nursery rhymes, including Old King Cole and Little Bo-Peep, fashioned into full-length stories by the author of The Wizard of Oz.

The annotated Wizard of Oz :
ISBN: 0393049922 OCLC: 43951856

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.

The emerald city of Oz
ISBN: 9781974935420 OCLC: 1082146813

When Dorothy finds out how much debt her family is facing from rebuilding the farm, she contacts Princess Ozma and arranges for them to live in Oz permanently.

The enchanted island of yew
ISBN: 9781620119143 OCLC: 795569634

Duke Classics, [Place of publication not identified] : ©2012.

Travel to an enchanted land borne from the imagination of Frank L. Baum, the author of the beloved Wizard of Oz series. The mysterious island of Yew is as fantastical as Oz, but this story offers more that will please fans of traditional and medieval-inspired fantasy tales, including warring nights, magical castles, fairies, and much more.

The life and adventures of Santa Claus
ISBN: 9781501967740 OCLC: 1011475632

Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, MD : ℗2017.

A human foundling child, adopted by a wood-nymph and raised by the creatures who inhabit a magical forest, grows up to be the immortal Santa Claus.

The lost princess of Oz
ISBN: 0345333675 OCLC: 15472030

Ballantine Books, New York : 1985, ©1980.

The long search for a thief and the things he stole--all the magic in Oz as well as Princess Ozma, its ruler.

The marvelous land of oz
ISBN: 1515415589 OCLC: 987665401

Dancing Unicorn Books, Lanham : 2017.

Lyman Frank Baum penned fourteen novels in his famous Oz chronology. The second, The Marvelous Land of Oz, was published in 1904 and introduced a legion of fans to Tip, as well as to Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse, as they encountered General Jinjur's all-girl Army of Revolt; the Highly Magnified and Thoroughly Educated Woggle-bug also made his first appearance. This volume of Original Oz Stories is formatted not only for ease of reading, but to emulate the textual structure of that original publication.

The marvelous land of Oz :
ISBN: 0688054390 OCLC: 11785446

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 master key :
ISBN: 9781620119723 OCLC: 795570812

Duke Classics, [Place of publication not identified] : ©2012.

Though he is best remembered as the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the subsequent series of Oz novels, L. Frank Baum's prolific imagination led him to pen many other tales, as well. The Master Key, which takes the form of a fairy tale or fable that happens to be set in the early twentieth century, follows teenage protagonist Rob Joslyn, an avid experimenter who accidentally summons a strange (but largely benign) demon while working with electricity.

The Navy alphabet
ISBN: 9781557095701 OCLC: 144990662

Applewood Books, Bedford, Mass. : [2001], ©1900.

Rhyming text introduces words from A to Z that deal with life in the ninteenth-century Navy, including officers' titles and areas of ships.

The patchwork girl of Oz
ISBN: 9781974935543 OCLC: 1083532628

A young munchkin boy named Ojo embarks on a quest to save his grandfather, who has been petrified by a magician, and is joined by a life-sized patchwork doll named Scraps.

The road to Oz
ISBN: 9781504052191 OCLC: 1050163243

Dorothy and her friends follow the enchanted road to Oz and arrive in time for Ozma's birthday party.

The sea fairies
ISBN: 9781469025407 OCLC: 933556184

Gildan Audio : [United States] : 2013.

Young Trot and the old captain, peg-legged Cap'n Bill, might seem like odd friends, but they are constant companions and Cap'n Bill taught her to love and appreciate the ocean. Trot was especially fascinated by the idea of mermaids and talked about them often with Cap'n Bill, who warned that no one who had met a mermaid had ever lived to tell the tale. One day while out sailing around, the pair is greeted by a beautiful mermaid who extends an invitation for them to come and visit their underwater kingdom and even become mermaids themselves for the adventure. Trot and Cap'n Bill meet a wonderful variety of characters along their underwater adventure -- eels and codfish and crabs, among others. After a marvelous and exciting time with the mermaids, the only mystery left is whether or not they will be the first to live to tell the tale of meeting the mermaids!

The Tin Woodman of Oz
ISBN: 9783956760525 OCLC: 922930849

The Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow are regaling each other with tales at the Woodman's palace in the Winkie Country when a Gillikin boy named Woot wanders in. After he is fed and rested, Woot asks the Woodman how he became made of tin. He relates how the Wicked Witch of the East enchanted his axe and caused him to chop his body parts off limb by limb, because he was in love with her ward, Nimmie Amee. Each chopped limb was replaced by the tinsmith Ku-Klip with a counterpart made of tin. (Since Oz is a fairyland, no one can die, even when the parts of their body are separated from each other.) Without a heart, the Tin Woodman felt he could no longer love Nimmie Amee and he left her. Dorothy and the Scarecrow found him after he had rusted in the forest and went with him to the Emerald City where the Wizard gave him a heart.

The treasury of Oz /
ISBN: 1604590297 OCLC: 244103456

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 wizard of Oz
ISBN: 0881010189 OCLC: 12081642

Unicorn Pub. House, Parsippany, N.J. : ©1985

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

The Woggle-Bug book
ISBN: 9781620120071 OCLC: 818251810

Duke Classics, [Place of publication not identified] : 2012.

The Woggle-Bug, a creation from the mind of L. Frank Baum, who also penned the Wizard of Oz series, captivated the United States in the early 1900s. The comical character was a multimedia sensation at the time, appearing in everything from comic strips to books to a live stage show. Though some of the ethnic humor in the book may be somewhat jarring to modern readers, The Woggle-Bug Book remains a captivating read more than 100 years after its initial release.

The wonderful Wizard of Oz /
ISBN: 0060293233 OCLC: 45213465

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.

Tik-Tok of Oz
ISBN: 1515414396 OCLC: 989817233

Dancing Unicorn Books, Lanham : 2017.

Lyman Frank Baum penned fourteen novels in his famous Oz chronology. The eighth, Tik-Tok of Oz, was published in 1914 and introduced readers to Betsy Bobbin and her loyal Mule, Hank, along with Polychrome, the Shaggy Man, and Tik-Tok, as they wind up in the land of Tittiti-Hoochoo, the Great Jinjin. This volume of Original Oz Stories is formatted not only for ease of reading, but to emulate the textual structure of that original publication.