|L. 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:
Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School
|Away from Oz||The Next Royal Historian of Oz|
|Queen Zixi of IX: Or, the Story of the Magic Cloak.|
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.
|The Royal Book of Oz|
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.