Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum – the “Royal Historian of Oz”

Although the Metro Goldwyn Mayer film version of the “Wizard of Oz” with Judy Garland is the reference point for most fans of the classic, L. Frank Baum actually wrote 14 books in the Oz series, feeding the hunger of readers every few years  – much like J.K. Rowling with the Harry Potter series.

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
5. The Road to Oz (1909)
6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
10. Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
11. The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
12. The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
13. The Magic of Oz (1919)
14. Glinda of Oz  (1920 – published posthumously)

L. Frank Baum

Today is his birthday.

From a wealthy Pennsylvania oil family and plagued with a weak heart for all of his life, Baum died at 63.  In addition to the Oz books, Baum left behind an additional 72 books for children, some written under seven different pseudonyms:

  • Edith Van Dyne (the Aunt Jane’s Nieces series)
  •  Laura Bancroft (Twinkle and Chubbins, Policeman Bluejay)
  • Floyd Akers (the Sam Steele series)
  • Suzanne Metcalf (Annabel)
  • Schuyler Staunton (Daughters of Destiny)
  • John Estes Cooke
  • Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald

In checking my library system, I found an appealing note for one – The Master Key  –

The master key; an electrical fairy tale founded upon the mysteries of electricity and the optimism of its devotees. It was written for boys, but others may read it.

Too good to pass on, so I’ve requested the book.

How many L. Frank Baum books have you read?

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum – the “Royal Historian of Oz”

  1. Interesting to know that today is L. Frank Baum’s birthday. My mother grew up in the house L. Frank Baum lived in while he was in residence in Aberdeen, South Dakota – as he lived next door to his wife’s relatives. (My grandparents had purchased the house.) Baum had a grocery store and newspaper while in Aberdeen.

    • Thanks for your note. I knew that Baum spent his winters in Coronado, but had forgotten why :-). Does the house in South Dakota have any markings to show it once belonged to him? How exciting to have a literary treasure in your family; thanks for sharing.

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