L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
Best known as the creator of the mythical land of Oz, writer L. Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, New York, the son of an oil magnate and a women's rights activist. Raised with seven brothers and sisters, Baum was schooled both privately and at the Peekskill Military Academy. He had many careers, including journalist, publisher, poultry farmer, opera house owner, traveling actor with his own repertory company, axle grease salesman, general store owner, children's writer and movie producer. In 1882 he married Maud Gage, with whom he had four sons. The turn of Baum's writing career toward children's literature is marked by the publication of Mother Goose in Prose (1897), which introduced a young girl named Dorothy in the final chapter. Dorothy returned in Baum's third children's book, the self-published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), a work of such staggering popularity that the series became Baum's major preoccupation from that time forward. To the present day, the land of Oz continues to inspire new productions for stage, television, cinema, and new media.
The fourteenth and final Oz novel by L. Frank Baum, published posthumously. In the words of the author, Glinda of Oz is a book "in which are related the Exciting Experiences of Princess Ozma of Oz, and Dorothy, in their hazardous journey to the home of the Flatheads, and to the Magic Isle of the Skeezers, and how they were rescued from dire peril by the sorcery of Glinda the Good." First published in 1920.
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