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									L. Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
Not only is L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz one of the most enduring and magical children’s books ever written, it’s also -- with its adventurousness and its lessons of resourcefulness, friendship, courage, and self-reliance -- one of the most American.

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L. Frank Baum
Also Known As:
Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, George Brooks, Edith Van Dyne, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Louis F. Baum, Lyman Frank Baum (full name)
Date of Birth:
May 15, 1856
Place of Birth:
Chittenango, New York
Date of Death:
May 6, 1919
Place of Death:
Hollywood, California
Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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Selected Oz Titles

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								The Wizard of Oz, Author: 
								L. Frank Baum.

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The Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
The movie version of this tale is indeed a classic, but seeing it should not preclude reading Baum's detailed and straightforward narrative, which makes the story much more immediate. Try to put MGM visions out of your head and be transported from scratch.

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								Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, Author: 
								L. Frank Baum, John R. Neill (Illustrator), Designed by Peter Glassman.
*  The Wizard of Oz (1900)
*  The Land of Oz (1904)
*  Ozma of Oz (1907)
*  Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
*  The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
*  The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
*  The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
*  The Magic of Oz (1919)

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Away from Oz

The Next Royal Historian of Oz

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								Queen Zixi of IX: Or, the Story of the Magic Cloak., Author: 
								L. Frank Baum.

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Queen Zixi of IX: Or, the Story of the Magic Cloak.
by L. Frank Baum
Baum considered Zixi his best non-Oz fantasy, understandably so: His story of a peasant who becomes king with the help of a fairy-tailored magic cloak is a Harry Potteresque enchantment.

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								The Royal Book of Oz, Author: 
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The Royal Book of Oz
by Ruth Plumly Thompson
Shortly after Baum's death, Ruth Plumly Thompson was entrusted with the Oz legacy, producing several Oz titles (charmingly illustrated by "official" artist John R. Neill) throughout the 1920s. In The Royal Book, the Scarecrow investigates his lineage and finds, with dismay, that he is a king. Though Baum remains the undisputed king of Oz, Thompson is a worthy successor.

*Handy Mandy in Oz  by Ruth Plumly Thompson
*The Cowardly Lion of Oz  by Ruth P. Thompson