Born as Lyman Frank Baum, L. Frank Baum is a popular children’s book author. He has numerous popular children’s books, but he became even more popular with his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels.
Birth Date: May 15, 1856
Birthplace: Chittenango, New York, U.S.
Pen names: George Brooks, Louis F. Baum, Laura Bancroft, Suzanne Metcalf, Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald, Schuyler Staunton, Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, John Estes Cooke
Occupation: Author, newspaper editor, actor, screenwriter, film producer
Genre: Fantasy, poetry, short stories
Notable work: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was distributed in 1900, and it grew a huge breakthrough. It stayed as one of the bestselling children’s book for two years in a row.
- He moved to Dakota Territory with his wife in 1888 and decided to open a small shop. It wasn’t a success and got closed after he provides people too much credit. He started writing in a local newspaper until 1891.
- Frank married Maud Gage In 1882. Within that period he created plays and did some acting in some theatre that was owned and built by his father for him.
Notable Characters Created
Titles: Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Wicked Witch Destroyer, Princess Dorothy of Oz
Species: Adolescent Human
Home: Kansas (former) ,Royal Palace of Oz, Land of Oz
Affiliation: Land of Oz
Dorothy’s name is a loosely based version of “Theodore” which means “Gift of the Gods”. “Dorothy”, therefore, as a female companion to Theodore would translate to “Goddess of Gifts”. She was born before the turn of the twentieth century on June 10th, year unknown.
She shares her birthday with her iconic 1939 movie musical counterpart portrayed by Judy Garland. Like Garland, her Zodiac sign is Gemini.
Surprisingly, her last name isn’t revealed in the original 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was not mentioned until the 1902 stage version of the story Baum created after the book’s publication and subsequent success; “My name is Dorothy Gale. I’m one of the Kansas Gales. ” To which the Scarecrow replies, “Well, that explains your breezy manner. ” In the later Oz books, Baum kept the name but mercifully spared his readers the pun.
Titles: The Good Witch of the South
Other names: Glinda the Good, Wanda (by Oz at first), The Good Witch Of the North
Personality: Kind, compassionate, benevolent, brave, clever
Goal: To protect the people of Oz and to defeat the wicked witches
Allies: Oscar Diggs, Finley, China Girl, Knuck, Dorothy Gale, Munchkins, Quadlings, Tinkers
Enemies: Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West, Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East, Evanora’s Winged Baboons, The Winkie Guards
She is the daughter of the late king of Oz, and currently rules over a peaceful kingdom of the Quadlings in Southern Oz. Glinda is not only a compassionate and benevolent witch but also a fierce protector of her people. Though Glinda sees through Oscar’s facade early on, she knows that genuine goodness lies within him.
She aspires to see the good in all others, even when they themselves cannot see it themselves. Even after the death of her father, Glinda never once wishes for war, violence or revenge, but will fight for justice and peace within Oz.
Real name: Theodora
Species: Bad fire witch
Home: Land of Oz/Winkie Country
Occupation: Witch, Ruler of Winkie Country, Mistress of the Winkie Castle, Tyrant
Powers: Magic, Teleportation, Flight, Her Magic Ball, Pyrokinesis