L. Frank Baum

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L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), or Lyman Frank Baum, was the author of the well-known Wizard of Oz series of books, including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.[1]


His works include Mother Goose in Prose and Father Goose: His Story, two children's books pertaining to Mother Goose, a popular set of children's stories. His best-known work is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the familiar story of a girl called Dorothy who is lost in a Kansas tornado and cast into the land of Oz. Directed by munchkins to follow a yellow brick road, she and her dog Toto accumulate a scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion on their quest to find the titular Wizard of Oz and return home to Kansas, all while being pursued by the Wicked Witch of the West, whose sister was crushed by Dorothy's house during the tornado. Baum stated about his own work, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to pleasure children today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out."[2]


  1. "Baum, Frank L." Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. Schama, Chloe. "Frank Baum: The Man Behind the Curtain." http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/frank-baum-the-man-behind-the-curtain-32476330/ Frank Baum, the Man Behind the Curtain

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