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L Frank Baum

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Birthday
15, 1856
Birthplace
Chittenango, NY
Death Date
May 6, 1919 (62)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
15, 1856
Birthplace
Chittenango, NY
Death Date
May 6, 1919 (62)

About

Author of popular children's and fantasy works, including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. His Oz series includes eighteen titles, and he also wrote more than forty other works, including both short stories and novels.

Before Fame

As a child, he was interested in writing, and his family bought a small printing press, which he and his brother used to print The Rose Lawn Home Journal. He published two of his first short stories, "They Played a New Hamlet" and "A Cold Day on the Railroad," in 1895.

Trivia

His works, including The Master Key and Tik-Tok of Oz, anticipated such inventions as laptop computers and cell phones.

Family Life

He married Maud Gage, the daughter of a radical feminist, on November 9, 1882. The couple had four sons: Frank, Harry, Robert, and Kenneth.

Associated With

Actress Judy Garland starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, a classic American film based on Baum's famous novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.