15 May 2017 Susannah

Frank Baum – American author, born 15 May 1856

Frank Baum quote by Susannah Fullerton

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Frank Baum, 15 May

L. Frank Baum, circa 1911

L. Frank Baum, circa 1911

“There is no place like home.”

L. Frank Baum wrote 55 novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, various scripts and other works, but today is remembered only for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. That book was published in 1900 and it has gone through many reprints and of course has been turned into the famous film version with Judy Garland. It was also turned into a musical on Broadway. Baum wrote 13 sequels to that first Oz book. His aim in his writing was to create modern American versions of the fairy tales written and collected by the Brothers Grimm. He deliberately left romance out of his stories as he felt it was not suitable for young children.

He was an interesting and controversial man who prefigured many modern inventions in his writings (such as cordless telephones), he supported female suffrage, argued that whites would only be safe in America if there was wholesale genocide of Native Americans, and he was a member of a Theosophical Society.

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   The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Body image credit- L. Frank Baum, circa 1911. Originally published in 1911 in the Los Angeles Times. By George Steckel – Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18490343

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