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L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Since it was first introduced over a hundred years ago in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's world of Oz has become one of the most enduring and beloved creations in children's literature. It has influenced numerous prominent writers and intellectuals, and become a lasting part of the culture itself.

L. Frank Baum was born in 1856 in upstate New York, the seventh c
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published October 25th 2002 by St. Martin's Press
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Interesting to me because I love Baum's OZ books (all 14 of them) and it was fun to find out about the kind of man behind these stories. However, because I love the children's stories so much, for their imagination and wonder, it was a little hard to wade through all the literary analysis of his books, characters, and ways of writing. It kind of took a little of the pure joy away, but it also made me want to read them again just to have a fun way to escape into a clever land of make-believe. It ...more
Grady McCallie
This is a matter-of-fact but warmly sympathetic literary biography - that is, discussing both the author and his major works - of L. Frank Baum, best known for writing the Wizard of Oz. I haven't read the other major biographies of Baum, and so can't compare this book to those. The book is most likely to be appreciated by people who want a thorough sketch of Baum's life and work either because they have a broader interest in fantasy or children's literature from the time, or they have enjoyed th ...more
Diane C.

Yes, this book was a bit pedantic, but once I found a way to read quickly, it was pretty interesting. Didn't finish it, and was not as interested in the minutiae of the later books he wrote. Liked Frank Baum, appreciated the political and sociological allegoric nature of his books that was revealed. Enjoyed the parts about his family life the best.
This book was way too dry for me. I am sorry to say that I didn't even finish it. There are better biographies out there over. Baum is a fascinating person and deserved better in my opinion.
At this point, lots of this was repeat information for me, but this was a nice presentation of it and discussed the major period of his life and works.
A biography should be more Biography and less Plot Summary…
Dry bio of baum.
2.5 really.
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