A biography of the author of "The Wizard of Oz", who invented a new kind of fairy tale, uniquely modern and American.
Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinThis incisive biography reveals how a shy, dreamy child turned into an imaginative, productive adult and details the life and literary output of the Oz's creator from his boyhood years in the late 1800s to his death in 1919. The "Note to Readers" and extensive list of acknowledgments wonderfully demonstrate how a careful biography is compiled. David R. Collins' Tolkein, Master of Fantasy, and another Carpenter/Shirley collaboration, Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden, are two other equally engrossing and pertinent titles.
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For Many years,fans of 'The Wizard Of Oz'stories have wanted to know about the author of these imortal pieces of children's literture.Finally.Their questions are answered in'The Royal Historian Of Oz!'.Here the authors take a more intense look into the life of L(For Lyman)Frank Baum.A struggleing ex actor,singer,scriptwriter,songwriter,compoesor,arranger,newspaperman,s ales rep and shopkeeper.Who had very little success in the theater as a performer and craftman of quality stage productions and even lesser success in business and in newspaper editing and reporting than he did in storytelling and writting his own fairytales.The book also looks at Mr.Baum's early chidhood in Upstate New York.Where he grew up in a well to do but distent and strict family of oil co.execs.Who expected their creative.sickly son to become a reasonsible member of The Baum Corperate regreme.Baum however opted for a career in the theater.And when his father saw his true talents as a performer and a craftsman.He allowed his son to become the manager of an opera house(one of several business acquistions that the co.gained).Baum managed the opera house.But he soon left to pursue his dream of being a performer.He did perform in plays and musicals.One of them was an original production that wrote ,staged and starred in based on a well known artist of the day.But his newfound wealth was lost..due to the embezzling scams of one of the co's accoutants.He went from one job situation to another.Having little or no success.Until his mother in law..Mrs.Matilda Gage suggessted that her son in law write down and sell his stories based upon his tales about 'Dorothy Gale'and her adventures in 'The Land Of Oz'.Baum's efforts to sell publishers on the idea of an Americanized fairy tale were hampered by book publishers refusal to accept an Americanized Tale.So Baum had to give the rights to his previous book'Father Goose'in order to have the captial needed to publish 'The Emerald City'(The Wizard Of Oz's original title) and publish his book himself.Baum not only publish his own Oz book but maintain the rights to the first book for a number of years.He went onto write more 'Oz'books,work with the comedy dance team of Fred Stone and Dave Montgomery on 'The Wizard Of Oz'Stage Musical(Which celebraited it's 100th anniversary last year),wrote and produced his own 'Wizard Of Oz'Movies.Which were released not too successfully by Paramount Pictures during the early 1900's.He also created one of the first multimedia shows.Which was also a flop.Despite these flaws in his projects(and the fact that he was not able to write and publish other stories that had the same ammount of popular as his 'Oz'characters).Mr.Baum remained an optimistic and charming creator of kids stories right up to his passing in the Spring of 1919.His legacy continues to this day with the rerelease of MGM's 1939 musical/dramatic screen version of the story and other adaptations of the tales of 'Dorothy and her Friends'.This is first real attemp to look at Mr.Baum's life and career and it's the best.Kevin S.Butler
From reading a book like this I have found out about this man's life of history. It is a great book for young readers to actually find out the real magic that thiis man created for children and adults around the world. So if you read this book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did about finding the way to Oz.