Let me tell you nice things about L. Frank Baum.

First of all, to lessen the perplexity of your brain, let me straightaway tell you who L. Frank Baum was.

Have you heard about the famous Wizard of Oz? Or ummm..the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto?

I’m sure, a lot of you would have.

He is the author of the famous children’s book THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.

If you don’t know what the book is about then let me just give you a brief summary.

Dorothy and Toto, her dog, one day lands upon a mysterious land. She would be living in Kansas with her aunt and uncle but one day, suddenly, a cyclone around her home, made them appear in such an unknown land. In order to reach back again to her home, Dorothy, the little girl had to kill The Witch of the West with her new interesting friends out of the order of the Wizard of Oz.

How Dorothy does this adventure and what all things happen can be unraveled only when you read this book.

In this blog, I’m here to say a lot of things about L. Frank Baum, the great writer with lovely words.

About Author:

1939 adaptation of 1st Oz book became a landmark of 20th century cinema.
  • American author
  • Wrote 14 novels + 4 lost novels + 83 short stories + 200 poems + 42 scripts.
  • Born: Chittenango, New York, U.S.
  • Died: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Resting Place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.
  • Occupation: Author, Newspaper editor, Actor, Screen Writer, Film Producer.
  • Spouse: Maud Gage
  • Children: 4 including Frank Joslyn Baum, Harry Neal Baum.
  • Father: Benjamin Ward Baum
  • Mother: Cynthia Ann
  • Grew up on his parents’ expensive estate called Rose Lawn in New York.

Interesting Facts about Frank Baum:

  1. At the age of 12, he spent two years in Peekskill Military Academy, but after being severely disciplined for daydreaming, he had a possibly psychogenic heart attack and was allowed to return home.
  2. At 20, he specialized in raising Hamburg Chicken.
  3. Baum’s description of Kansas in The Wizard of Oz is based on his experiences in drought-ridden South Dakota.
  4. In 1905, Baum declared plans for an Oz amusement park. In an interview, he mentioned buying Pedloe Island off the coast of California to turn it into an Oz Park. However, there is no evidence that he purchased such an island & no one has ever been able to find any island whose name even resembles Pedloe in that area.
  5. 5 May, 1919, Baum suffered a stroke. His last words to his wife were “Now we can cross the shifting sands.”

Famous Quotes Of Baum That You Shouldn’t Miss :

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

-L. Baum

“Everything in life is unusual until you get accustomed to it -The Scarecrow

-L. Baum

“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”

-L. Baum

“In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.”

-L. Baum

“The absurd and legendary devil is the enigma of the Church.”

-L. Baum

“There is no place like home.”

-L. Baum

“But girls often marry when they are too young,’ exclaimed Mary-Marie quickly; ‘so, if you don’t object to my age – “

-L. Baum

“I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.”

-L. Baum

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