Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919

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Birth 1856-05-15
Death 1919-05-06

Biographical notes:

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919), author of children's books about the "Land of Oz."

From the description of L. Frank Baum collection, 1883-1982 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702131649

American author of children’s literature, native of Chittenango, N.Y.

From the guide to the L. Frank Baum Papers, 1880 (ca.)-1975, 1900-1942, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


From the description of L. Frank Baum papers, 1918, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79448731

Lyman Frank Baum, author and playwright known for his children's books about the "Land of Oz," was born in 1856. His early career was in publishing, reporting, and editing for the Rose Lawn Home Journal (Syracuse, N. Y.), the World (New York City), and the Pioneer (Aberdeen, S. D.). In 1897 he established the Show Window, a periodical for window trimmers, and served as its editor until 1902.

In the meantime he dabbled in poetry and prose. His first dramatic work was The Maid of Arran, produced successfully in 1881 in New York City. His first popular book, written in 1899, was Father Goose: His Book . The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900 and produced on stage in 1901; altogether Baum wrote fourteen "Oz" books.

He published many other books as well, under such pseudonyms as Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, John Estes Cooke, Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald, Suzanne Metcalf, Schuyler Staunton, and Edith Van Dyne.

Baum married Maud Gage in 1882 and had four children, Frank Joslyn, Robert Stanton, Harry Neal, and Kenneth Gage. He died at his home in Hollywood, California on May 6, 1919.

See: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. XVIII, pp. 331-2, for a list of Baum's books. See also: The Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. I., pp. 59-60.

From the guide to the L. Frank Baum collection, 1883-1982 (inclusive), (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


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