Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
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Born into a large family in New York, Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) grew up on a large and luxurious family estate. There, his interest in the printed word began early on as he and his brother published their own newspaper on a printing press that his father had purchased. Though he drifted a bit from job to job as an adult, writing was always part of Baum’s various enterprises, whether clerical or agricultural. In fact, his first published book was a non-fiction work on the raising and care of chickens. After marrying, Baum and his wife moved to South Dakota where he ran a general store and then began to write for a local newspaper. Only when Baum moved to Chicago in order to pursue his career as a writer for the Evening Post did he first begin to create the children’s stories for which he remains famous today. In 1900, he published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and with it, achieved instant fame and fortune. As early as 1902, his novel was adapted for the stage. Baum continued to write sequels to his beloved children’s classic, eventually completing thirteen different novels about Oz. Always in search of new directions, in his last years Baum followed his lifelong love of theater to Hollywood, where the film industry was just beginning to take root in the early 1910s. To this day, L. Frank Baum and his “Oz books” remain a familiar presence on bookshelves around the world.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
by L. Frank Baum "Royal Historian of Oz"
The train from 'Frisco was very late. It should have arrived at Hugson's Siding at midnight, but it was already five o'clock and the gray dawn was breaking in the east when the little train slowly rumbled up to the open shed that served for the ...
Reviewed by books on Jul 27, 2008
Light, cheerful and childish in the best way!
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz was a movie I'd always watched as a child. With that said, going into this book I had had high expectations. I was not disappointed.
It's a fun book, quick, light, easy to read and it reminded me of those shiny red shoes and the good times I had.
While it may not be the best read for an adult today, who has no particular connection to the story, I would suggest it to any child. If you're an adult with a childish side, this book will definitely leave you satisfied.
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