L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz

L Frank Baum Creator of Oz Since it was first introduced over a hundred years ago in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L Frank Baum s world of Oz has become one of the most enduring and beloved creations in children s literature It h

L Frank Baum Lyman Frank Baum May , May , was an American author chiefly famous for his children s books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels He wrote a total of novels in the Oz series, plus other novels, short stories, over poems, and at least scripts He made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and the nascent medium of film the Browse By Author B Project Gutenberg free ebooks online Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof reading just one page a day Go to Distributed Proofreaders L Frank Baum Lyman Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, New York, on May , Over the course of his life, Baum raised fancy poultry, sold fireworks, managed an opera house, opened a department store, and an edited a newspaper before finally turning to writing. The Real Wizard of Oz The Life and Times of L Frank Baum This fascinating, colorfully written book illuminates L Frank Baum s boom and bust story from the crowded Finger Lakes to the parched South Dakota Territory, from Chicago s gleaming World s Fair to the beginnings of Hollywood. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz z is an American children s novel written by author L Frank Baum and illustrated by W W Denslow, originally published by the George M Hill Company in Chicago on May , It has since seen several reprints, most often under the title The Wizard of Oz, which is the title of the popular Broadway musical adaptation as well as the iconic Facts About L Frank Baum s Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum was a hit from the start.Published in , the story of Dorothy and her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion captured the public s When L Frank Baum s Wizard of Oz Series Open Culture We ve reached the final stretch of the most infuriating, unsettling election I ve ever experienced And we find the U.S so polarized that as The Wall Street Journal chillingly demonstrates in their Blue Feed Red Feed feature the left and right seem to live in two entirely El maravilloso mago de Oz , la enciclopedia libre El maravilloso mago de Oz ttulo original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz es un libro de literatura infantil escrito por Lyman Frank Baum e ilustrado por W W Denslow.Fue publicado inicialmente por la George M Hill Company de Chicago en .Desde entonces, El mago de Oz ha sido uno de los libros ms editados tanto en Estados Unidos como en Europa Este libro, que narra las aventuras de una oz stravaganza To educate the community in the writings of L Frank Baum and other Oz authors promote research about authors, illustrators, other works related to Oz encourage original writing and other forms of expression about Oz and honor L Frank Baum as Chittenango s hometown treasure.

  • Title: L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz
  • Author: Katharine M. Rogers
  • ISBN: 9780312301743
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since it was first introduced over a hundred years ago in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum s world of Oz has become one of the most enduring and beloved creations in children s literature It has influenced numerous prominent writers and intellectuals, and become a lasting part of the culture itself.L Frank Baum was born in 1856 in upstate New York, the seventh cSince it was first introduced over a hundred years ago in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum s world of Oz has become one of the most enduring and beloved creations in children s literature It has influenced numerous prominent writers and intellectuals, and become a lasting part of the culture itself.L Frank Baum was born in 1856 in upstate New York, the seventh child of a very successful barrel maker and later oil producer However, Baum s own career path was a rocky one Beginning as an actor, Baum tried working as a traveling salesman, the editor of a small town newspaper and the publisher of a trade journal on retailing, failing to distinguish himself in any occupation His careers either failed to provide a sufficient living for his beloved wife Maud and their children or were so exhausting as to be debilitating In the 1890 s, L Frank Baum took the advice of his mother in law, suffragist leader Matilda Gage, and turned his attention to trying to sell the stories he d been telling to his sons and their friends After a few children s books published with varying success, he published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and it quickly became a bestseller and has remained so ever since.In this first full length adult biography of Baum, Rogers discusses some of the aspects that made his work unique and has likely contributed to Oz s long lasting appeal, including Baum s early support of feminism and how it was reflected in his characters, his interest in Theosophy and how it took form in his books, and the celebration in his stories of traditional American values Grounding his imaginative creations, particularly in his fourteen Oz books, in the reality of his day, Katharine M Rogers explores the fascinating life and influences of America s greatest writer for children.

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    1. I am a huge Wizard of Oz fan and was curious about the guy who wrote it. The book wasn't really cohesive and I wasn't able to read it straight through (I read 2 other books before finishing it). The book starts talking about Baum's life, then the books he wrote, followed by an extensive reconstruction of the characters in the Oz books; however it's not a cohesive story. I would have liked to understand better the philosophy that drove Baum and his choices.

    2. Absolutely loved this book. So sensitive to the meaning behind each Oz "novel." She treats Baum as if he is an important American author - as he is but has never received that kind of recognition. Now I have to immediately go back and reread those glorious Oz books that lit up my childhood.

    3. Interesting to me because I love Baum's OZ books (all 14 of them) and it was fun to find out about the kind of man behind these stories. However, because I love the children's stories so much, for their imagination and wonder, it was a little hard to wade through all the literary analysis of his books, characters, and ways of writing. It kind of took a little of the pure joy away, but it also made me want to read them again just to have a fun way to escape into a clever land of make-believe. It [...]

    4. An engaging and detailed biography of the man who wrote the Wizard of Oz books - a man who was outgoing, gregarious, endlessly positive in outlook but apparently unsuited to any other work. It also looks at what separates his work from that of other children's authors and the influence the books have had on popular culture. A very interesting read. - BH.

    5. Interesting story about the man behind the books. Removes a bit of the sparkle when you realize his authorship is as much about making money as it is about storytelling. However, he is a man of his times. Given the financial hardships he faced he can be forgiven for worrying about money. The last three novels written from his deathbed can be forgiven for their lack of polish. The large number of different careers foreshadows the path we may be on in the gig economy of the future.

    6. This is a matter-of-fact but warmly sympathetic literary biography - that is, discussing both the author and his major works - of L. Frank Baum, best known for writing the Wizard of Oz. I haven't read the other major biographies of Baum, and so can't compare this book to those. The book is most likely to be appreciated by people who want a thorough sketch of Baum's life and work either because they have a broader interest in fantasy or children's literature from the time, or they have enjoyed th [...]

    7. Yes, this book was a bit pedantic, but once I found a way to read quickly, it was pretty interesting. Didn't finish it, and was not as interested in the minutiae of the later books he wrote. Liked Frank Baum, appreciated the political and sociological allegoric nature of his books that was revealed. Enjoyed the parts about his family life the best.

    8. At this point, lots of this was repeat information for me, but this was a nice presentation of it and discussed the major period of his life and works.

    9. This book was way too dry for me. I am sorry to say that I didn't even finish it. There are better biographies out there over. Baum is a fascinating person and deserved better in my opinion.

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