Baum, L. Frank

Baum, L. Frank

▪ American author
in full  Lyman Frank Baum 
born May 15, 1856, Chittenango, New York, U.S.
died May 6, 1919, Hollywood, California

      American writer known for his series of books for children about the imaginary land of Oz.

      Baum began his career as a journalist, initially in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then in Chicago. His first book, Father Goose (1899), was a commercial success, and he followed it the next year with the even more popular Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A modern fairy tale, it tells the story of Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl who is blown by a cyclone to the land of Oz, where she is befriended by such memorable characters as the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. A successful stage adaptation of the book opened in 1902 in Chicago. Its film version, in 1939, became a cinema classic and was made familiar to later generations of children through frequent showings on television.

      Baum wrote 13 more Oz books, and the series was continued by another after his death. Using a variety of pseudonyms as well as his own name, Baum wrote some 60 books, the bulk of them juveniles that were popular in their day.

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