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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

Born: May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York

Died: May 6, 1919 in Hollywood, California


-- L. Frank Baum on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=l+frank+baum


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.


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Titles At Your Library

Ozma of Oz
ISBN: 1173247270

Nabu Press. 2010

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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 Em
ISBN: 1604590297

Wilder Publications. 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 Complete Oz, Vol. 1
ISBN: 1440477957

CreateSpace. 2008

The Wizard of Oz was just the beginning of this classic children's series of books. Due to popular demand, the "Official Historian of the Land of Oz," as author L. Frank Baum called himself, wrote many tales continuing the saga of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and even Dorothy's dog Toto!

The publisher of this edition has worked hard to make the layout clear and with large letters for young readers. (Unfortunately, some other editions have crammed many books into one or two volumes, sacrificing legibility.)

Volume One contains the first 4 stories.

Children of all ages will delight in these classic tales!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)
ISBN: 0060293233

HarperCollins. 2000

Journey to the spectacular land of Oz with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! This classic tale from L. Frank Baum has enchanted readers for over a century. Now, in this stunning hundredth anniversary edition featuring the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, new readers will learn the power of the phrase “There is no place like home.”

In this hardcover edition with high-quality reproductions of the original art, follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz.

Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.

The Marvelous Land of Oz (Books of Wonder)
ISBN: 0688054390

HarperCollins. 1985

Few fantasy lands have captured our hearts and imaginations as has the marvelous land of Oz. For over four generations, children and adults alike have reveled in the magical adventures of its beloved folk. Now, for the first time in over seventy years, the second book about Oz is presented here in the same deluxe format as the rare first edition, complete with all 16 of the original John R. Neill color plates, its colorful pictorial binding, and the many black-and-white illustrations that bring it to joyous life.

First issued in 1904, L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump. How they thwart the wicked plans of the evil witch Mombi and overcome the rebellion of General Jinjur and her army of young women is a tale as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.

Afterword by Peter Glassman. A facsimile of the rare first edition, complete with all 16 original color plates, a colorful pictorial binding, and over 125 of Neill's drawings. A Books of Wonder(R) Classic.

The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)
ISBN: 0393049922

W. W. Norton & Company. 2000

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its publication, a beautifully illustrated annotation of The Wizard of Oz, complete with an exact reproduction of the original 1900 edition.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition explores numerous contemporary references, provides character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz." A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations. There is a bibliography of L. Frank Baum's published work, every notable "Oz" edition, and the stage and cinematic productions from 1939's The Wizard of Oz, to the 1974 Broadway hit, The Wiz. A beautiful, awe-inspiring work, The Annotated Wizard of Oz is an enduring tribute to the timeless joy of The Wizard of Oz, and a classic to rival Baum's own.

The Complete Book of Oz
ISBN: 1934451053

Wilder Publications. 2006

L. Frank Baum's Oz series has captivated generations of readers. These books are as magical today as they were when they first appeared. Collected here in on volume are all 15 books. Now you can read the entire series again! This omnibus edition includes 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 Oz, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Little Wizard Stories of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow of Oz, Rinkitink in Oz, The Lost Princess of Oz, The Tin Woodman of Oz, The Magic of Oz, Glinda of Oz. Now you can bring home all of the magic Oz in one attractive oversized Volume.

The Complete Oz, Vol. 2
ISBN: 1440478902

CreateSpace. 2008

The Wizard of Oz was just the beginning of this classic children's series of books. Due to popular demand, the "Official Historian of the Land of Oz," as author L. Frank Baum called himself, wrote many tales continuing the saga of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and even Dorothy's dog Toto!

The publisher of this edition has worked hard to make the layout clear and with large letters for young readers. (Unfortunately, some other editions have crammed many books into one or two volumes, sacrificing legibility.)

Volume Two contains the next 3 stories.

Children of all ages will delight in these classic tales!