L. Frank Baum

Author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum (1856–1919) was born in Chittenango, New York. A one-time actor, newspaper reporter and travelling salesman, he wrote several successful children’s books before the publication in 1901 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A second Oz book The Marvelous Land of Oz was published in 1904, again to great acclaim. Other Oz books followed, although none enjoyed the success of the first two in the series. Writing under various pseudonyms, Baum penned over 35 non-Oz books, as well as many short stories and poems.