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L. Frank Baum
Transcript of L. Frank Baum
Seventh of nine children
Enjoyed writing from a young age and was supported by his family
His father, a wealthy business man bought him a printing press First of many Failures At age twelve Baum was enrolled in military school but he returned home after it was discovered that he had a form of heart disease
Baum was homeschooled for fear his condition would worsen, and he remained home until his early twenties.
When he finally left Roselawn, he was determined to become a chicken farmer. The Traveling Entertainer Baum Finds Love (and more) When he returned to New York, Baum met his future wife, Maud Gage The Army of Revolt Matilda eventually became one of Baum's greatest supporters as well as inspirations
Despite his support of the fight for women's suffrage, Baum did not hesitate to parody his mother-in-law. The Marvelous Land of Oz features a strong defiant young girl, Jinjur who along with her "army of revolt" attempts to end the Scarecrow's rule over the Emerald City- using only knitting needles Family Man Loneliness is the Mother of Character Developement As a child, Baum was fascinated by the movement of the scarecrows in the wind, he stated in an interview with The Philadelphia North American, “It was natural then that my first character in this animated life series was the scarecrow, on whom I have taken revenge for all the mystic feeling he once inspired.” (Baum, L. Frank. Personal Interview. 3 October.1904.) Baum loved theater; wrote, directed, and starred in his own plays
It was while he was touring The Maid of Arran that he set foot in Kansas, the birthplace of his famous future heroine Not in Kansas anymore After the first book, many other of Baum's novels initially took place in the real world
He drew upon his tour across the states to give his characters homes in California and Oaklahoma
Although he had never been, he also set two novels in Australia Female Force of Nature There was only one thing standing between them-her mother. Maud's mother Matilda Gage grew up in a house which served as a station on the underground railroad
She co-wrote History of Woman Suffrage alongside Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Why you've never heard of her: she was considered "too radical"
Needless to say, Baum found it difficult to get on her good side From 1900-1913, L. Frank Baum wrote forty-nine novels, twenty-three short stories, and six plays. Most of us only know one. It was out of love for his four sons that Baum first decided to publish his stories
Even after settling down with Maud, he was still exploring less than profitable careers, notably singing in a quartet and managing a novelty store.
He eventually took up Matilda's suggestion to publish his books with the intent to use the money he earned to buy his children Christmas presents. Spark of Success The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in December of 1900 and was a best selling children's novel for two years afterward
The success of his first novel prompted Baum to write and publish twelve more books set in Oz. Why Baum's Books Were Successful Baum's Oz was a colorful world full of characters who, despite their odd names and appearances, were very human and relatable in nature.
Baum thought of inventions which, for his time, seemed impossible.
He was a child and heart, and had vowed to remember every moment of childhood, making him an ideal children's author. Why you've only heard
of the first one As his career became more prolific all of his books (Oz included) became less and less plot centered.
In fact, the success of the original can be attributed to the film adaptation...which is nothing like the book The End and the Legacy Baum continued writing until he died from complications of gall bladder surgery May 6th 1919
His last work, Glinda of Oz, was not published until after his death
Though his books had declined in popularity, several different authors contributed a total of twenty-six canonical books to the Oz series Works Cited Allen, Brooke. "The Man Behind the Curtain." The New York Times. The New York Times, 17 Nov. 2002. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/17/books/the-man-behind-the-curtain.html?pagewanted=all>.
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