Lyman Frank Baum (1856 – 1919)
Baum was born in Chittenango New York, as the seventh
of nine children. He took his father’s name Lyman,
but changed it to Frank. His father had made
his fortune in oil and Frank Baum lived on
his parents extensive estate, where he was tutored at home,
later studying at the Peekskill Military Academy at the age
After schooling and a disillusioned job
at the theatre, Frank Baum took temporary
leave to work as a clerk at his brother-in-law’s dry
goods company. Whilst there he found another clerk, dead in
a locker, which inspired his story, The Suicide of Kiaros.
In 1880 Frank Baum’s
father, Lyman, built him a theatre in Richburg, New York.
Frank wrote plays, composed songs and acted the leading role
in his play The Maid of Arran.
In 1888 Frank Baum moved to Aberdeen, Dakota and opened his
own store, but went bankrupt mainly because he gave out his
wares on credit. In 1891, now with wife and four sons, Baum
moved to Chicago taking a job for the Evening Post.
In 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of
Oz was published, which led to thirteen subsequent
novels based on the people and land of Oz.
After the first early movies of 1910 and 1915, Metro Goldwyn
Mayer created classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’
starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.
Frank Baum died at the
age of 62, and was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Literary Classics contains 560 authors, and
thousands of unabridged books.
The Frank Baum unabridged classic books,
included on the Literary Classics CD are:
- A KIDNAPPED SANTA CLAUS
- GLINDA OF OZ
- OZMA OF OZ
- THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ
- THE ENCHANTED ISLAND OF YEW
- THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUSE
- THE MAGIC OF OZ
- THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ
- THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ
- THE ROAD TO OZ
- THE SCARECROW OF OZ
- THE TIN WOODMAN OF OZ
- THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ