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Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored. Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow. The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Wizard of Oz 18,678 copies, 416 reviews
The Marvelous Land of Oz 3,109 copies, 73 reviews
Ozma of Oz 2,820 copies, 54 reviews
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz 2,227 copies, 38 reviews
The Road to Oz 1,985 copies, 32 reviews
The Emerald City of Oz 1,897 copies, 24 reviews
The Patchwork Girl of Oz 1,488 copies, 19 reviews
Tik-Tok of Oz 1,368 copies, 15 reviews
The Lost Princess of Oz 1,254 copies, 12 reviews
Glinda of Oz 1,210 copies, 12 reviews
The Magic of Oz 1,185 copies, 10 reviews
The Scarecrow of Oz 1,179 copies, 12 reviews
Rinkitink in Oz 1,138 copies, 13 reviews
The Tin Woodman of Oz 1,060 copies, 11 reviews
The Wizard of Oz [1939 film] (Original story) 1,058 copies, 10 reviews
The Annotated Wizard of Oz 896 copies, 15 reviews
The Wizard of Oz 334 copies, 1 review
American Fairy Tales 315 copies, 5 reviews
The Sea Fairies 288 copies, 5 reviews
Little Wizard Stories of Oz 284 copies, 6 reviews
Queen Zixi of Ix 263 copies, 5 reviews
The Magical Monarch of Mo 256 copies, 5 reviews
Oz the Great and Powerful [2013 film] (Author) 226 copies, 2 reviews
Sky Island 219 copies, 6 reviews
The Oz Chronicles, Volume 1 158 copies, 1 review
Tin Man [2007 TV mini series] (Author) 149 copies, 2 reviews
Mother Goose in Prose 129 copies, 2 reviews
The Oz Chronicles, Volume 2 116 copies, 1 review
The Enchanted Island of Yew 109 copies, 2 reviews
The Master Key 102 copies, 2 reviews
A Kidnapped Santa Claus 64 copies, 2 reviews
John Dough and the Cherub 62 copies, 2 reviews
Wonder Tales of L. Frank Baum 50 copies, 1 review
The Woggle-Bug Book 49 copies, 2 reviews
Aunt Jane's Nieces 48 copies, 2 reviews
Dot and Tot of Merryland 45 copies, 2 reviews
Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad 40 copies, 2 reviews
Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville (Author, some editions; Pseudonym) 38 copies, 2 reviews
The Visitors from Oz 33 copies, 2 reviews
The Enchanted Buffalo 28 copies, 8 reviews
Aunt Jane's Nieces out West 27 copies, 1 review
Aunt Jane's Nieces in Society 27 copies, 1 review
Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work 26 copies, 1 review
Aunt Jane's Nieces on Vacation 24 copies, 1 review
The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was (Author) 20 copies, 1 review
Mary Louise 19 copies, 1 review
Wizard of Oz Waddle Book 16 copies, 1 review
Mary Louise in the Country 14 copies, 1 review
Our Landlady 12 copies
The Twinkle Tales 12 copies, 1 review
Mary Louise Solves a Mystery 10 copies, 1 review
Animal Fairy Tales 10 copies, 1 review
The Wizard of Oz [adapted] (Author) 10 copies, 1 review
The Flying Girl and Her Chum 9 copies, 1 review
The Wizard of Oz (BBC Audio) 8 copies, 1 review
The Wizard of Oz [1925 film] (Screenwriter/ Original book) 7 copies
The Flying Girl 6 copies, 1 review
The Wizard of Oz Pop-up (Author) 4 copies
Il mago di Oz 2 copies
I libri di Oz 2 copies
The Magic Cloak [1914 film] (Screenwriter) 2 copies
Võlur Oz 1 copy
Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (Contributor) 554 copies, 8 reviews
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (Contributor) 331 copies, 6 reviews
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (Contributor) 302 copies, 2 reviews
Fantasy Stories (Contributor) 293 copies, 8 reviews
Witches & Warlocks: Tales of Black Magic, Old & New (Contributor) 247 copies, 4 reviews
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (Contributor) 242 copies, 4 reviews
The Marvelous Land of Oz [graphic novel] (Author) 225 copies, 12 reviews
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (Contributor) 186 copies, 3 reviews
A Treasury of Fantasy (Contributor, some editions) 176 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (Contributor) 118 copies, 3 reviews
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (Contributor) 97 copies, 1 review
The American Fantasy Tradition (Contributor) 88 copies, 2 reviews
The Wiz [1978 film] (Original book) 77 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales (Contributor) 57 copies
Oz Omnibus (Author) 42 copies
Best in Children's Books 40 (Contributor) 41 copies
Pearl S. Buck's Book of Christmas (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
Oz-Story, No. 1 (Creator) 17 copies
Oz-Story, No. 3 (Creator) 16 copies
The Wizard of Oz (Author) 15 copies
The Runaway in Oz (concept) 15 copies
The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries (Contributor) 14 copies
Oz-Story, No. 4 (Creator) 13 copies
The Lady Sleuths Megapack ® (Contributor, some editions) 12 copies
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1954/11 (Contributor, some editions) 4 copies
De grote tovenaar van Oz (original author) 3 copies
Sam Steele's Adventures on Land and Sea (Author, some editions) 3 copies, 1 review
Babes in Birdland: A Nature Fairy Tale (Author, some editions) 1 copy
Sugar-Loaf Mountain (Author, some editions) 1 copy
Twinkle's enchantment; with illustrations (Author, some editions) 1 copy
Tamawaca Folks; a summer comedy (Author, some editions) 1 copy, 1 review
Bandit Jim Crow (Author, some editions) 1 copy
Mr. Woodchuck (Author, some editions) 1 copy
Sam Steele's Adventures in Panama (Author, some editions) 1 copy
Prince Mud-Turtle (Author, some editions) 1 copy
The Wonderful World of Oz - Volume II (Contributor, some editions) 1 copy

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