L. Frank Baum

53 children’s books by the writer

Lyman Frank Baum was born in New York on 15th May 1856. As a child, Baum was shy and was often schooled at home. He was also known to retreat into his father's library, and spend hours reading his favourite books. At thirteen years old, Baum was entered into Peekskill Military School. He would soon leave when he found the atmosphere oppressive, and the daily exercises too much of a physical strain. He then resumed his interest in literature by studying creative writing. With the aid of his father (who had made a great deal of money in the oil business) he purchased a printing press. He used the press to develop his own newspaper, The Rose Lawn Home journal, and would write articles, poetry and editorials. By the time he had turned twenty-five years old, Baum had developed an interest in the theatrical arts. In New York City, he managed an opera house, wrote plays and would also act in his own play The Maid of Arran. After leaving theatre, Baum entered into a private business which failed, resumed editing on a newspaper called The Saturday Pioneer, and in 1882 he was married to a woman called Maud Gage. It was to be Maud's mother who would guide Baum to success when she suggested he publish some of his nursery rhymes. Published in 1897 as Mother Goose in Prose, the collection was a huge success. In 1900 Baum published his most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The book was a phenomenal success and Baum now engaged himself in publishing a wide variety of works. At the time of his death in 1919, Baum had written no less than thirteen sequels to his first Oz book, and several other children's books under various pseudonyms.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum, W. W. Denslow

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Originally published in 1900, this is the book that inspired both the successful 1902 Broadway play and the 1939 film, which is one of the most beloved movies of all time. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the American classic ...

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7+ years

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum, Lorena Alvarez

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A complete and unabridged, illustrated edition of L. Frank Baum's classic tale of magic and adventure. Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto on the yellow brick road, as they set off to explore the magical Land of Oz ...

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10+ years

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. F. Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. '"Come along, Toto," she said. "We will go to the Emerald City and ask the Great Oz how to get back to Kansas again."' Swept away from her home ...

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9+ years

The Wizard of Oz Collection Box Set

L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz Collection Box Set

Journey through the magical world of Oz with Dorothy and friends in this 15 book collection by L. Frank Baum, redesigned and anglicised. These beloved children’s classics will make the perfect gift - timeless and loved by all. Complete with ...

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8+ years

Little Wizard Stories of Oz

L. F. Baum, John R. Neill

Little Wizard Stories of Oz

After ending the series in 1910, L. Frank Baum returned to Oz with these six stories of Dorothy and Toto, the Cowardly Lion, and other beloved characters. Written for slightly younger readers, these tales offer a fine introduction to Baum ...

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5+ years

The Wizard of Oz

L. F. Baum, Paul Hess

The Wizard of Oz

This is a wonderful gift book. The complete and unabridged hugely popular story. Rediscover this classic American tale, brought to life through more than seventy stunning paintings by award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen. Come with Dorothy and her friends as she ...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. F. Baum, W. W. Denslow

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The only edition of Baum's classic with full-color illustrations based on the original art now comes with two audio CDs! This lovely gift edition features an abridged text, accessible to even the youngest readers.

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8+ years

The Boy Fortune Hunters in Egypt

L. F. Baum

The Boy Fortune Hunters in Egypt

Writing under a pseudonym, the prolific Wizard of Oz author created a series of far-flung adventure tales starring Sam Steele, a resourceful young sailor. In this story of mystery, deceit, and murder, Sam and his companions seek the legendary wealth ...

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