L. Frank Baum Portrait Lyman Frank Baum
(15 May 1856-6 May 1919)

L. Frank Baum was a very prolific American writer from 1896 until his death in 1919, whose work was a mixture of the iconoclastic and the folksy.  Born in Chittenango, New York, a suburb of Syracuse, to a religious couple who had eloped, he was given his loathed first name after his uncle, Lyman Spaulding Baum.  Baum was mostly home-schooled until attending the Peekskill Military Academy, but the stress affected his health, and though he probably did not, based on existing correspondence, have the heart attack that his son Frank would later claim, it was enough to remove him.  Then his father gave him a printing press which he used to create his own newspaper, and his tutoring resumed.  Eventually, he took up acting, often lead roles in Shakespeare plays, before he began to write plays himself, which he would also act in, and as self-effacing as his own comments about it were, he received very positive reviews.  While acting, he met Maud Gage, of Fayetteville, New York and daughter of activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, his first and only love, whom he married on 9 November 1882.  The Richburg theatre where much of his material (including scripts, costumes, and props) was held soon burned down and ended his acting career for some time, although he became an instructor of drama at Syracuse Oratory School, specializing in directing, playwriting, operettas, stage business, revision, and translation of plays from French, German, and Italian.  After running a bazaar and newspaper in Aberdeen, South Dakota, he moved to Chicago and became a salesman, but soon his writing submissions led to a book deal for Mother Goose in Prose.  Although the book failed financially, it was well-enough received that more books would follow, until he became a very famous writer of fantasy.  To slow the pace as he grew older and more successful, he moved to Hollywood, which became a hub of filmmaking several years later, and he would go on to write a number of films and direct two, although without success.  By this time he had become something of a celebrity as a writer, and was able to act again with an amateur group called The Uplifters.  After much health difficulty, during which he stopped writing only at its most severe, he died of a stroke in 1919.


Novels Plays Short Stories Poems

A New Wonderland, Being the First Account Ever Printed of the Beautiful Valley, and the Wonderful Adventures of Its Inhabitants, or The Surprising Adventures of the Magical Monarch of Mo and His People (17 June 1896, revised 1903) [Buy]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (9 October 1899) [Buy]

Dot and Tot of Merryland (October 1901) [Buy]

The Master Key: An Electrical Fairy Tale, Founded Upon the Mysteries of Electricity and the Optimism of Its Devotees (1901) [Buy]

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902) [Buy]

The Enchanted Island of Yew Whereon Prince Marvel Encountered the Hi Ki of Twi and Other Surprising People (1903)  [Buy]

The Marvelous Land of Oz:  Being an Account of the Further Adventures of the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman (5 July 1904) [Buy]

Queen Zixi of Ix; or The Story of the Magic Cloak (November 1904) [Buy]

The Fate of a Crown (4 June 1905)

King Rinkitink (1905--lost)

Annabel, A Story for Young Folks (1906) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces (1 March 1906) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad (1906)

Daughters of Destiny (1906) [Buy]

The Boy Fortune Hunters in Alaska or Sam Steele's Adventures on Land and Sea (1906) [Buy]

Twinkle and Chubbins:  Their Adventures in Nature-Fairyland (19 May 1906, collected 1911) [Buy]

John Dough and the Cherub (14 October 1906) [Buy]

Ozma of Oz:  A Record of Her Adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, the Yellow Hen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, Tiktok, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger; Besides Other Good People too Numerous to Mention Faithfully Recorded Herein (29 July 1907) [Buy]

Policeman Bluejay or Babes in Birdland (1907) [Buy]

The Boy Fortune Hunters in Panama or Sam Steele's Adventures in Panama (1907)

Tamawaca Folks, A Summer Comedy (1907)

The Last Egyptian, a Romance of the Nile (1 May 1908) [Buy]

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz:  A Faithful Record of Their Amazing Adventures in an Underground World; and How with the Aid of Their Friends Zeb Hugson, Eureka the Kitten, and Jim the Cab-Horse, They Finally Reached the Wonderful Land of Oz (18 June 1908) [Buy]

The Boy Fortune Hunters in Egypt (1908)

Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville (1908)

Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work (1909)

The Boy Fortune Hunters in China (1909)

The Road to Oz:  In Which Is Related How Dorothy Gale of Kansas, The Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter Met on an Enchanted Road and Followed it All the Way to the Marvelous Land of Oz. (10 July 1909) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces in Society (1909)

The Boy Fortune Hunters in Yucatan (1910) [Buy]

The Emerald City of Oz (20 July 1910) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces and Uncle John (1910)

The Boy Fortune Hunters in the South Seas (1911) [Buy]

The Daring Twins: A Story for Young Folk (1911)

The Flying Girl (1911) [Buy]

The Sea Fairies (1911) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces on Vacation (1912)

The Flying Girl and Her Chum (1912) [Buy]

Phoebe Daring: A Story for Young Folk (1912)

Phil Daring's Experiment (unpublished)

The Flying Girl's Brave Venture (unfinished fragment)

Our Married Life (1912, lost)

Johnson (19 September 1912; lost)

Sky Island; Being the Further Adventures of Trot and Cap'n Bill After Their Visit to the Sea Fairies (1912) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces on the Ranch (1913)

The Patchwork Girl of Oz [Buy] (25 June 1913)

Aunt Jane's Nieces Out West (1914)

Tik-Tok of Oz (19 June 1914) [Buy]

Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross (1915; revised 1918)

The Scarecrow of Oz (16 July 1915) [Buy]

Molly Oodle (17 September 1915; lost)

Mary Louise (1916)

Mary Louise in the Country (1916)

Rinkitink in Oz:  Wherein is Recorded the Perilous Quest of Prince Inga of Pingaree and King Rinkitink in the Magical Isles that Lie Beyond the Borderland of Oz. (1916 (revision of King Rinkitink) [Buy]

The Lost Princess of Oz (5 June 1917) [Buy]

Mary Louise Solves a Mystery (1917, with Harry Neal Baum)

Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls (1918)

The Tin Woodman of Oz:  A Faithful Story of the Astonishing Adventure Undertaken by the Tin Woodman, Assisted by Woot the Wanderer, the Scarecrow of Oz, and Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter (13 May 1918) [Buy]

The Magic of Oz:  
A Faithful Record of the Remarkable Adventures of Dorothy and Trot and the Wizard of Oz, Together with the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger and Cap'n Bill, in Their Successful Search for a Magical and Beautiful Birthday Present for Princess Ozma of Oz
(1919) [Buy]

Mary Louise Adopts a Soldier (1919--expanded from a Baum fragment by an unknown author, possibly Harry Neal Baum, but not Emma Speed Sampson)

Glinda of Oz:  In Which Are Related the Exciting Experiences of Princess Ozma of Oz, and Dorothy, in Their Hazardous Journey to
the Home of the Flatheads, and to the Magic Isle of the Skeezers, and How They Were Rescued from Dire Peril by the Sorcery of Glinda the Good
(1920) [Buy]

The Mystery of Bonita (????; lost)



The Mackrummins (11 February 1882)

The Maid of Arran:  An Irish Idyl (11 February (opened 15 May) 1882; M: L. Frank Baum; based on A Princess of Thule, by William Black (1874))

Matches (11 February  (opened 18 May) 1882)

Kilmourne, or O'Connor's Dream (opened 4 April 1883)

The Queen of Killarney (1883)

Lobster Salad (c. 1898)

King Midas (1901; M: Paul Tietjens)

The Octopus; or the Title Trust (1 May 1901; M: Paul Tietjens)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (18 September 1901; M: Paul Tietjens)

The Wizard of Oz (16 June 1902; Additional L: James O'Dea, Weslyn, Harry Freeman, John Slavin, Vincent Bryan, Will D. Cobb, Williams, Bryan, William Jerome, Frank Leo, Matt C. Woodward, Maurice Steinberg, John W. West, Glen MacDonough, Henry M. Blossom, Jr; Harry Boden, David C. Montgomery, Ed Gardenier, Will R. Anderson, Edward P. Moran, Brackett, Frank Keesee, Hollister, Frank R. Adams, Will M. Hough, George Totten Smith; M: Paul Tietjens, Additional M: Nathaniel D. Mann, A. Baldwin Sloane, Edward Hutchinson, Robert J. Adams, Albert, Harry Freeman, Charles Zimmerman, Gus Edwards, J.B. Mullen, Vanalstyne, Jean Schwartz, Frank Leo, Benjamin M. Jerome, Theodore F. Morse, Maurice Steinberg, Bruno Schilinski, George A. Spink, Bert Brandford, Edwin S. Brill, Will R. Anderson, Seymour Furth, Medor, Leo Edwards, Joseph E. Howard, Byrd Dougherty) [Buy]

Montezuma (November 1902, with Emerson Hough; M: Nathaniel D. Mann

King Jonah XIII (September 1903; M: Nathaniel D. Mann)

The Maid of Athens:  A College Fantasy or Spartacus (1903; with Emerson Hough)

Prince Silverwings (1903; with Edith Ogden Carter-Harrison, based on her book; M: Baum & Tietjens)

The Whatnexters (1903, with Isidore Whitmark)

Father Goose (August 1904; M: Paul Tietjens)

The Pagan Potentate (1904; M: Paul Tietjens)

The King of Gee-Whiz (23 February 1905, with Emerson Hough)

The Woggle-Bug (February 1905; M: Frederic Chapin)

The Son of the Sun (1905; with Emerson Hough)

Egypt [untitled] (January 1906)

Down Missouri Way (1907)

Our Mary (1907)

Mortal for an Hour or The Fairy Prince or Prince Marvel (1909)

The Koran of the Prophet (23 February 1909; M: ==)

The Rainbow's Daughter, or The Magnet of Love (23 February 1909; M:  Manuel Klein)

The Pipes O'Pan (31 March 1909, with George Scarborough; M: Paul Tietjens)

Ozma of Oz (15 April 1909; M: Manuel Klein)

Peter and Paul (1909; M: Arthur Pryor)

The Girl from Oz (1909)

The Girl of Tomorrow (1909)

The Clock Shop (1910)

The Pea-Green Poodle (1910)

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz (31 March 1913, with Oliver Morosco; M: Louis F. Gottschalk; Additional M:  Victor Schertzinger)

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (16 November 1913; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)

King Bud of Noland, or The Magic Cloak (1913; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)

Stagecraft, or, The Adventures of a Strictly Moral Man (14 January 1914; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)

High Jinks (24 October 1914; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)

The Corrugated Giant (1915)

The Uplift of Lucifer, or Raising Hell: An Allegorical Squazosh (23 October 1915; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)

The Birth of the New Year (31 December 1915)

Blackbird Cottages (28 October 1916; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)

Snow White (1916; M: ==)

The Uplifter's Minstrels (1916; M: Byron Gay)

The Orpheus Road Show:  A Paraphrastic Compendium of Mirth (1917; M: Louis F. Gottschalk)


They Played a New Hamlet (28 April 1895)

A Cold Day on the Railroad (26 May 1895)

Who Called "Perry?" (19 January 1896)

Yesterday at the Exhibition (2 February 1896)

Sing a Song o' Sixpence (17 June 1896)

The Story of Little Boy Blue (17 June 1896)

The Cat and the Fiddle (17 June 1896)

The Black Sheep (17 June 1896)

Old King Cole (17 June 1896)

Mistress Mary (17 June 1896)

The Wond'rous Wise Man (17 June 1896)

What Jack Horner Did (17 June 1896)

The Man in the Moon (17 June 1896)

The Jolly Miller (17 June 1896)

The Little Man and His Little Gun (17 June 1896)

Hickory, Dickory, Dock (17 June 1896)

Little Bo-Peep (17 June 1896)

The Story of Tommy Tucker (17 June 1896)

How the Beggars Came to Town (17 June 1896)

Tom, the Piper's Son (17 June 1896)

Humpty Dumpty (17 June 1896)

The Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (17 June 1896)

Three Wise Men of Gotham (17 June 1896)

Little Bun Rabbit (17 June 1896) 

My Ruby Wedding Ring (12 October 1896)

The Man with the Red Shirt (c.1897, told to Matilda Jewell Gage, who wrote it down in 1905)

How Scroggs Won the Reward (5 May 1897) [Buy]

The Extravagance of Dan (18 May 1897)

The Return of Dick Weemins (July 1897)

The Suicide of Kiaros (September 1897) [Buy]

A Shadow Cast Before (December 1897)

The Mating Day (September 1898)

Aunt Hulda's Good Time (26 October 1899)

The Loveridge Burglary (January 1900)

The Bad Man (February 1901)

The Box of Robbers (3 March 1901)

The Glass Dog (1901)

The Queen of Quok (1901)

The Girl Who Owned a Bear (1901)

The Enchanted Types (1901)

The Laughing Hippopotamus (1901)

The Magic Bon Bons (19 May 1901)

The Capture of Father Time (1901)

The Wonderful Pump or A King Beetle's Advice (1901)

The Dummy That Lived or A Wax Lady That Lived (1901)

The King of the Polar Bears (1901)

The Mandarin and the Butterfly (19 March 1901)

The King Who Changed His Mind (1901)

The Runaway Shadows or A Trick of Jack Frost (5 May 1901)

(The Strange Adventures of) An Easter Egg (29 March 1902) [Buy]

The Ryl of the Lilies (12 April 1903) [Buy]

Chrome Yellow (1904)

Mr. Rumple's Chill (1904)

Bess of the Movies (1904)

The Diamondback (1904)

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (December 1904)

The Woggle-Bug Book:  The Unique Adventures of the Woggle-Bug (12 January 1905) [Buy]

Prologue from Animal Fairy Tales (January 1905)

The Story of Jaglon (January 1905)

The Stuffed Alligator (February 1905)

The Discontented Gopher (March 1905)

The Forest Oracle (April 1905)

The Enchanted Buffalo (May 1905)

The Pea-Green Poodle (June 1905)

Nelebel's Fairyland (June 1905)

The Jolly Giraffe of Jomb (July 1905)

Jack Burgitt's Honor (1 August 1905)

The Troubles of Pop Wombat (August 1905)

The Transformation of Bayal the Porcupine (September 1905)

The Tiger's Eye: A Jungle Fairy Tale (1905) [Buy]

The Yellow Ryl (1906)

The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie (1908) [Buy]

The Man-Fairy (December 1910)

Juggerjook (December 1910)

The Tramp and the Baby (October 1911)

Bessie's Fairy Tale (December 1911)

Aunt 'Phroney's Boy (December 1912)

Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse (1913)

Little Dorothy and Toto (1913)

Ozma and the Little Wizard (1913)

The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger (1913)

The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman (1913)

Tik-Tok and the Nome King (1913)

The Littlest Giant--An Oz Story (1918)

"An Oz Book" (1919)


The True Origin of the Cardiff Giant (1 July 1871)

The Descent of Mann (1880s)

Why? (25 July 1889)

The Kids and the Goose Eggs (26 July 1889)

Big Bargains in Every Style of Hanging Lamps! (28 October 1889)

Fresh Strawberries (17 May 1890)

La Reine Est Mort - Vive La Reine! (23 June 1895)

Farmer Benson on the Motocycle (4 August 1895; revised 1898)

How History Is Made (17 May 1896)

Two Pictures (17 May 1896)

The Latest in Magic (31 May 1896)

Right at Last (14 June 1896)

Pussy-cat Mew (17 June 1896)

When McKinley Gets the Chair (12 July 1896)

A Sonnet to My Lady's Eye (25 October 1896)

By the Candelabra's Glare (1898)

T'other Day (1898)

Time's Vagaries (1898)

Her Answer (1898)

My Quandary (1898)

My First Love (1898)

The Green-Eyed Monster (1898)

Jessie, My Queen (1898)

Tell Me (1898)

At Last (1898)

A Header (1898)

A Ruse (1898)

The Proud Miss MacNeal (1898)

Then and Now (1898)

Johnson (1898)

Ye Warming Pan (1898)

The Egotist (1898)

The Youngster (1898)

Nance Adkins (1898)

A Bird Dog (1898)

When the Whistle Blows (1898)

The Heretic (1898)

A Rare Bit (1898)

The Fisher Man (1898)

When McGuffy Hits the Growler (1898)

Two Women (1898)

Homo Sum (1898)

That New Leaf (1898)

Dan'l (1898)

The Tramp (1898)

The Big Black Bear (1898)

A Romance of a Broken Window (1898)

My Little Maid (1898)

Where Do They Go? (1898)

The Greedy Gold-fish (1898)

Who's Afraid? (1898, revised 1899)

Young America (1898)

Father Goose (1899)

Why? (1899)

Did You Ever See a Rabbit (1899)

To Walk Jim Jones (1899)

Clockwork Man (1899)

Tick Tock (1899)

This Bold Boy (1899)

There Was a Goose (1899)

Mister Jinks (1899)

Little Barelegs Runs (1899)

The Cats They Sit (1899)

A Sailor from China (1899)

If Our Johnny Had No Eye (1899)

Sally Dance (1899)

Old Mister Micklejohn (1899)

Baby Found a Feather (1899)

Jack Lantern (1899)

A Bumble Bee (1899)

Grandpa's Head (1899)

Uncle Dick Gave Me a Dolly (1899)

Captain Bing (1899)

I Had a Dog (1899)

Little Tommy Toddlekin (1899)

Organ Grinder (1899)

Master Bunny (1899)

Mr. Green (1899)

Elephant (1899)

Kitty Klymer (1899)

Lee-Hi-Lung-Whan (1899)

Little Nigger Boy (1899)

John Harrison Hoy (1899)

Polly Wants a Cracker (1899)

Baby Pulled the Pussy's Tail (1899)

Patsy Bedad (1899)

Caterpillar (1899)

Ding a Ling (1899)

Quite a Trick (1899)

The Bandit (1899)

Come Into Our Store (1899)

Miss Nancy Puts on Airs (1899)

The Bossie Cow (1899)

Standing on the Sidewalk (1899)

A Man Last Tuesday (1899)

Goodness Me! (1899)

Civilized Boy (1899)

Babies' Serenade (1899)

Dolly's Run Away (1899)

Annie Waters (1899)

A Bee Flew Down (1899)

There Was a Whale (1899)

A Little Man (1899)

Buy a Goose (1899)

Miss Nancy Brown (1899)

Cootchie Cooloo (1899)

Here Is Paddy Geegan (1899)

Tim Jenkins Tried (1899)

Rough Riders (1899)

The Coogie Bird (1899)

The Ship Will Go (1899)

Donnegan (1899)

Chickens at Night (1899)

Cats Babies Have (1899)

Sun Bear Dances (1899)

The Soldier (1899)

Betsy Baker (1899)

One Old Cat! (1899)

Boy from Kalamazoo (1899)

Boy, A Tiny Mite (1899)

George Washington (1899)

Sammy Simpson (1899)

Dear Den (19 November 1899)

Our Den Once Made a Picture (1 January 1900)

To the Grand Army of the Republic, August 1900 (26 August 1900)

Frank Baum on Father Goose (2 December 1902)

What Did the Wogglebug Say? (1904; M: Paul Tietjens)

In Memorium (15 February 1905)

Coronado, The Queen of Fairyland (5 March 1905)

January (22 July 1907)

Tom, Tom the Piper's Son (22 July 1907)

Mistress Mary (22 July 1907)

The Benedict (22 July 1907)

The Master of the House (22 July 1907)

Everything Comes to Him Who Waits (22 July 1907)

February (22 July 1907)

Presidential Poem (22 July 1907)

Shoe the Wild Colt (22 July 1907)

Skate (22 July 1907)

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Teddy (22 July 1907)

A Dear Christian Lady (22 July 1907)

March (22 July 1907)

Gas Bills (22 July 1907)

Curly Locks (22 July 1907)

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp the Month Is Marching (22 July 1907)

Hush-a-Bye Baby (22 July 1907)

The Emerald Isle (22 July 1907)

Lent (22 July 1907)

April (22 July 1907)

One Misty, Moisty Morning (22 July 1907)

Filosofy (22 July 1907)

Fee, Faw Fum! (22 July 1907)

The Dentist (22 July 1907)

The Girl I Love Is All My Own (22 July 1907)

April Showers (22 July 1907)

Now Doth the Star (22 July 1907)

May (22 July 1907)

Margery Daw (22 July 1907)

Idol of My Heart (22 July 1907)

qaint (22 July 1907)

A Spring Tragedy (22 July 1907)

June (22 July 1907)

The Clerk's Vacation (22 July 1907)

He'll Graduate (22 July 1907)

The Auto's Toot (22 July 1907)

A Terrible Tale (22 July 1907)

July (22 July 1907)

The Queen Was Tart (22 July 1907)

Hey, Diddle, Diddle (22 July 1907)

Good Morning, Merry Sunshine! (22 July 1907)

Restrain Your Envy (22 July 1907)

Sing a Song o' Ten Cents (22 July 1907)

The Old, Old Story (22 July 1907)

August (22 July 1907)

The Merry Iceman (22 July 1907)

Sail-Boat (22 July 1907)

Teddy Bear Hunt (22 July 1907)

Song of a Sailor (22 July 1907)

Hickory, Dickory, Dock (22 July 1907)

Farm Hints (22 July 1907)

September (22 July 1907)

Little Miss Gobble (22 July 1907)

Mary Had a Little Lamb (22 July 1907)

A Fly with Graceful Flutter (22 July 1907)

When Papa Snores (22 July 1907)

Simple Simon (22 July 1907)

A Draughtsman (22 July 1907)

October  (22 July 1907)

The Wondrous Wise Man (22 July 1907)

Baa-Baa, Hand-Me-Down (22 July 1907)

Think It Over (22 July 1907)

Did You Ever See a Man Defeat a Trust? (22 July 1907)

Oct 31st (22 July 1907)

November (22 July 1907)

The North Wind (22 July 1907)

There Was a Crooked Man (22 July 1907)

The Lady Gave a Wail (22 July 1907)

The Perfume on a Lady's Gown (22 July 1907)

Pease Porridge Hot (22 July 1907)

The Little Man and His Little Gun (22 July 1907)

Mr. Jinks on Race Suicide (22 July 1907)

December (22 July 1907)

Old King Coal (22 July 1907)

Poodle-Dog (22 July 1907)

Hard to Suit (22 July 1907)

Bye, Baby Bunting (22 July 1907)

Little Man Blue (22 July 1907)

Reckless Noah (22 July 1907)

To Macatawa, A Rhapsody (1 September 1907)

To the Littlefield Baby (5 April 1908)

Well, Come! (16 April 1908)

Smile (1909)

A Short, Short Oz Story (14 July 1909)

The Boothe Brand of Angel Food Cheese  (26 June 1910)

Father And Son (1910)

The Habit Of A Rabbit (1910)

The Lion And The Ant (1910)

Miss Violin's Beau (1910)

Mister Doodle (1910)

Nothing Venture, Nothing Win (1910)

Peter Polite (1910)

Pollywog (1910)

Song Of The Fishes (1910)

The Spoon And The Charlotte Russe (1910)

Tired Little Feet (1910)

Gee!  There's Been a Lot of Fuss (poem for P.M. Musser's grandson, 1910)

Santa Claus Was Good to Me... (26 December 1911)

My Hobby (7 July 1915)

Holiday Greeting (December 1916)

The Massacre (1917)

The Orchestra (1917)

Safety First (1917)

Claudius Raymond (1917)

An Uplifter's Song of the Shirt (1917)

What Are We Goin' to Do With 'Em (16 September 1917)

Christmas Comin' (The Baum Bugle Christmas 1972--please e-mail me if you have the date given by that issue for this work)


Films Essays & Articles Short Story Collections Poetry Collections
The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (24 September 1908)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (24 March 1910)

Dorothy and the Scarecrow in Oz (19 April 1910)

The Land of Oz (19 May 1910)

John Dough and the Cherub (19 December 1910)

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (6 August 1914) [Buy]

The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914) [Buy]

His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz (14 October 1914) [Buy]

The Last Egyptian (7 December 1914)

The Gray Nun of Belgium (26 April 1915)

Pies and Poetry (1915)

A Box of Bandits (27 August 1915)

The Country Circus (10 September 1915)

The Magic Bon Bons (22 October 1915)

In Dreamy Jungletown (1 February 1916)

Roaring Camp (1916--actor only)

The Flash of Fate (1918--actor (unconfirmed))

cigar smoking film (c. 1918--actor only, according to Edward Wagenknecht)


Another Reply to C.B. (26 June1879)

Mr. Baum Replies to Mr. Rutledge (22 July 1882)

Hamburgs (November, 1882--later expanded into The Book of the Hamburgs)

Introduction for Mother Goose in Prose (1897) 

A Russian Wedding (24 July 1899)

How Shall We Vote? (12 September 1899)

A Last Appeal (1 October 1889)

Some Commercial Drawings and a Sketch of Charles Costello, Designer (November 1899)

The Real "Mr. Doolley" (January 1900)

Mr. Baum on Song Records (31 April 1900)

Little Cripples Royally Feasted (29 November 1901)

What Children Want (29 November 1902)

letter to Music and the Drama (3 February 1903)

Mr. Baum to the Public (26 June 1904)

Fairy Tales on Stage (18 June 1905)

The Christmas Stocking [introduction to a series of fairy tales] (1905)

Witty Presentation Speech for Morgan Ross, Manager, Hotel Del Coronado (10 February 1907)

Famous Author Once Lived Here (22 June 1909)

Modern Fairy Tales (19 August 1909)

Lived Here Now Famous (15 June 1913)

Our Hollywood (1915)

Still in Motion Picture Business (22 January 1915)

Julius Caesar:  An Appreciation of the Hollywood Production (14 June 1916)

This Is the Paradise of Secret Flowers or Secret Life of Prize Blossoms (7 November 1916; condensed 1 January 1917)

Suggested by Frank Baum (15 April 1917)

Genealogical Gleanings (3 January 1918)


Mother Goose in Prose (1897) [Buy]

American Fairy Tales (23 February 1901) [Buy]

Baum's American Fairy Tales:  Stories of Astonishing Adventures of American Boys and Girls with the Fairies of Their Native Land (1908) [Buy]

Baum's Own Book for Children (1911--reissue of Juvenile Speaker.)

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (24 July 1914) [Buy]

Our Landlady (1941--selections)

The Musical Fantasies of L. Frank Baum:  The Maid of Athens, The King of Gee-Whiz, The Pipes o' Pan (1958)

Animal Fairy Tales (1969) [Buy]

The Purple Dragon and Other Fantasies (1976) [Buy]

The Runaway Shadows and Other Stories (1980)

The Third Book of Oz (1986)

Our Landlady (1996--all but one) [Buy]

Baum's Road to Oz: The Dakota Years (July 2000) [Buy]

By the Candelabra's Glare: Some Verse (1898) [Buy]

Father Goose, His Book (16 March 1899)

The Army Alphabet (20 January 1900)

The Songs of Father Goose for the Kingergarten, the Nursery and the Home (30 March 1900, music by Alberta N. Hall (Burton))

The Navy Alphabet (1 August 1900)

Father Goose's Year Book: Quaint Quacks and Feathered Shafts for Mature Children (22 July 1907)

L. Frank Baum's Juvenile Speaker; Readings and Recitations in Prose and Verse, Humorous and Otherwise (1910)

Father Goose's Party (10 August 1915) [unpublished and possibly never completed]

Songs of Spring (1917)

The High-Jinks of L. Frank Baum (1969)

Non-Fiction Newspaper Series Contributions to Other Works Storybooks of Material Published Elsewhere
Baum's Complete Stamp Dealers' Directory, Containing a Complete of All Dealers in the United States, Together with the Principal Ones in Europe, and a List of Philatelic Publications, Compiled and Published by Baum, Norris & Co., Syracuse, N.Y. (1873)

The Book of the Hamburgs:  A Brief Treatise Upon the Mating, Rearing and Management of the Different Varieties of Hamburgs (July-November 1882, collected 1886) [Buy]

The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors (1900)

The Rose Lawn Home Journal (20 November 1870-1 September 1871)

The Stamp Collector (1872-January 1873)

The Empire (1873-1875)

The Poultry Record (11 February 1879-12 December 1880)

The Poultry Yard (January-April 1881)

The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer (25 January 1890-21 March 1891) [Buy]

Our Landlady (25 January 1890-8 February 1891) [Buy]

The Western Investor  (August-November 1890)

The Show Window (1 November 1897-October 1900)

Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (28 August 1904-February 1905)

Boys' and Girls' Paper (11 August 1912-3 January 1915--serializations of Baum's young adult books)


featured letter in Young American Press (4 February 1873)

preface and photographs to In Other Lands Than Ours, by Maud Gage Baum (1907) [Buy]

design of the crown chandeliers in the Hotel del Coronado dining room, which are still in use (1908)

one of the editors of Famous Tales and Laughter Stories, Vol 1, published by the University Society and After School Club of America, New York, 1912

acting roles

Bandit Jim Crow (19 May 1906)

Mr. Woodchuck (19 May 1906)

Prairie-Dog Town (19 May 1906)

Prince Mud-Turtle (19 May 1906)

Sugar-Loaf Mountain (19 May 1906)

Twinkle's Enchantment (19 May 1906)

The Little Bun Rabbit (1916)

Once Upon a Time (1916)

The Yellow Hen (1916)

The Magic Cloak (1916)

The Ginger-Bread Man (1917)

Jack Pumpkinhead (1917)

Jaglon and the Tiger-Fairies (revised by Jack Snow and Madeleine Kirkpatrick, 1953)

The Visitors from Oz (revised by Jean Kellogg, 1960)

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (1969)

The Wizard of Oz (revised by Joan Collins, 1984)

The Wizard of Oz (revised by Neil and Ting Morris, 1988)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (revised by Grace Mabie, 1993) [Buy]


Baum's Aliases

Baum acted under the pseudonyms George Brooks and Louis F. Baum, in addition to his own name.  He also wrote under the names Louis F. Baum, Pete, Dugout, Schuyler Staunton, Suzanne Metcalf, Edith Van Dyne, Laura Bancroft, Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald, John Estes Cooke, and Floyd Akers, in addition to his own name.  On this list, pseudonymous works are not listed separately.  Also, as this is a celebration of Baum's literature, rather than of book collecting, this chronology gives precedence to earliest given date for a completed work, whether or not it actually received publication at that point, to provide a better impression at the development of his work.  Those interested in publication information are referred to Bibliographia Oziana [Buy], by Peter Hanff, Douglas G. Greene, Martin Gardner, David L. Greene, and James E. Haff.

Baum's Work Continues

Two of Baum's book series were so popular that they were continued after his death.  The Bluebird Books series, despite being based on Baum's favorite sister, Mary Louise "Mame" Baum Brewster, were written under the pseudonym Edith Van Dyne, which he also used for the Flying Girl and Aunt Jane's Nieces series.  An unknown author, possibly Harry Neal Baum, wrote Mary Louise Adopts a Soldier, which is often attributed Baum, but does not reflect his style, and Emma Speed Sampson continued the series for five more volumes, Mary Louise at Dorfield (1920), Mary Louise Stands the Test (1921), Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman (1922), Josie O'Gorman (1923), and Josie O'Gorman and the Meddlesome Major (1924), continuing to use the pseudonym.  More famously, Reilly & Lee, Baum's primary publisher, got permission from Maud Gage Baum to continue the Oz series.  Ruth Plumly Thompson wrote the first nineteen of these; the first, The Royal Book of Oz (1921) [Buy], was intentionally falsely attributed to Baum, but unlike with The Bluebird Books, all subsequent books bear the true author's name, with the addition "Founded on and continuing the famous Oz stories by L. Frank Baum."  She continued Baum's tradition of an Oz book a year with Kabumpo in Oz (1922) [Buy] , The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923) [Buy], Grampa in Oz (1924) [Buy], The Lost King of Oz (1925) [Buy], The Hungry Tiger of Oz (1926) [Buy], The Gnome King of Oz [sic] (1927) [Buy], The Giant Horse of Oz (1928) [Buy], Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (1929) [Buy], The Yellow Knight of Oz (1930) [Buy], Pirates in Oz (1931) [Buy], The Purple Prince of Oz (1932) [Buy], Ojo in Oz (1933) [Buy], Speedy in Oz (1934) [Buy], The Wishing Horse of Oz (1935) [Buy], Captain Salt in Oz (1936) [Buy], Handy Mandy in Oz (1937), The Silver Princess in Oz (1938) [Buy], and Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz (1939) [Buy].  She would write two other Oz books, Yankee in Oz (1971) [Buy] and The Enchanted Island of Oz (1976) [Buy], and a good many Oz poems (collected in The Cheerful Citizens of Oz [Buy]) in addition to her official nineteen.  Illustrator John R. Neill added three volumes, The Wonder City of Oz (1940) [Buy], The Scalawagons of Oz (1941) [Buy], and Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942) [Buy], and nearly completed a fourth, The Runaway in Oz [Buy], published only recently, but they were heavily altered from his original manuscripts.  Jack Snow, an Oz fan from childhood who proposed to continue the series after Baum's death, wrote two books that ignored Thompson and Neill's contributions to the series, as well as a compendium called Who's Who in Oz (1954) [Buy], which did not.  Snow specialized in dark fantasy and horror [Buy], and his two books reflected back specifically on Baum for inspiration, notably from The Emerald City of Oz in The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946) [Buy] and John Dough and the Cherub in The Shaggy Man of Oz (1949) [Buy].  Rachel R. Cosgrove Payes, who specialized in romance (Moment of Desire, The Coach to Hell (1979), Emeralds and Jade, Love's Charade (1981), Love's Promenade (1981), Lady Alicia's Secret (April 1986), The Dark Towers of Trelochen (August 1991)) and science fiction, the latter under the pseudonym E.L. Arch, and the team of Newberry Award-winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw and her daughter Lauren Lynn McGraw (Wagner) contributed one volume each, The Hidden Valley of Oz (1951) [Buy], and Merry Go Round in Oz (June 1963) [Buy], respectively, and later had others published by The International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc. and Hungry Tiger Press.  Others have made unofficial contributions to the series as well.  See Aaron Adelman's web site for some of them.

Along with Mary Louise Adopts a Soldier, an anonymous story, Strange Tale of Nursery Folk (3 March 1901) has been attributed to Baum, and although it uses his Father Goose characters, is clearly not by him, and was probably in Baum's scrapbook because it was flattering.  Neither of these texts at all reflect Baum's writing style, and Michael Patrick Hearn has removed them from his bibliography, as well.  Mary Louise Adopts a Soldier apparently has about as much text by Baum as The Book of Sir Thomas More does by Shakespeare, only Baum's work was the impetus for the remainder of the material.

Baum and His Times

Please note that Baum was a man of his times and was not always sensitive to things we today find offensive, hence some of his poetry mocks black, Asian, and Irish stereotypes, and Baum was known to be a fan of "coon" songs.  However, I don't think these things, which no one would have considered egregious at the time they were written, should be held against his works.  It is not as though he is any greater an offender than other writers of the time.  Such things generally only appear when Baum was trying to appeal to the popular tastes.  In the Oz books, he already was appealing to millions, so he wrote what he wanted and what was dearest to him, and in those works, as well as The Magical Monarch of Mo, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Queen Zixi of Ix, "The Man-Fairy" and many others, we primarily find a world of love and tolerance, far removed from the 28 year-old Baum who feared his family might be killed calling for extermination of the Indians at a point where the imminent failure of his newspaper was putting him under much distress.  It is interesting how so many want to point a finger at Baum for doing this yet look the other way when other famous people actually do things that are wrong as opposed to saying them.  Those who want to argue that Baum was a genocide advocate who wrote allegories about populism can leave the page right now as they have a an Ernest G. Bormann-type of fantasy defining Baum.

The Baum Trust Copyrights

Note:  Due to copyright restrictions, "The Littlest Giant," "Chrome Yellow," "The Man with the Red Shirt," Phil Daring's Experiment, the unpublished version of Mary Louise, the fragment of The Flying Girl's Brave Venture, and possibly others will not appear here.  The novels Johnson, Molly Oodle, and The Mystery of Bonita, and the short stories "Mr. Rumple's Chill," and "Bess of the Movies" have not been found.  Also, the poetry collection Father Goose's Party has likewise not been found.  Perhaps most in demand of all, the original c. 1905 King Rinkitink manuscript, which was revised to become Rinkitink in Oz, has not been found.

Films of Oz

Baum's work, primarily The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and a few of its sequels, has been adapted to film and television over 100 times.  An Oz Filmography presents the details of the cast and crew for each.


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