L. Frank Baum

1856 - 1919

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Lyman Frank Baum (; May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author best known for his children's fantasy books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, part of a series. In addition to the 14 Oz books, Baum penned 41 other novels (not including four lost, unpublished novels), 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and at least 42 scripts. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of L. Frank Baum has received more than 3,160,497 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). L. Frank Baum is the 947th most popular writer (down from 838th in 2019), the 1,065th most popular biography from United States (down from 986th in 2019) and the 105th most popular American Writer.

L. Frank Baum is most famous for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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Notable Works

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
El Mago De Oz / The Wizard of Oz
Sky Island
Button-Bright's adventures begin when he finds a magic umbrella that will carry him anywhere in the world.
The new Wizard of Oz
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.
The Marvelous Land of Oz


Among writers, L. Frank Baum ranks 947 out of 7,302Before him are Nellie Bly, James Jones, Pierre Larousse, Rubén Darío, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, and Hans Sachs. After him are Alexandra David-Néel, Vātsyāyana, Virginia Satir, Andrew of Crete, Johannes Tauler, and Patrick White.

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Among people born in 1856, L. Frank Baum ranks 23Before him are Robert Nivelle, Svetozar Boroević, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, Andrey Markov, and Frank B. Kellogg. After him are Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli, John Singer Sargent, H. Rider Haggard, Jean Moréas, Wilhelm von Gloeden, and Mikhail Vrubel. Among people deceased in 1919, L. Frank Baum ranks 22Before him are William Crookes, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Ismail Qemali, and Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia. After him are Kurt Eisner, Johannes Rydberg, Terauchi Masatake, Leonid Andreyev, Habibullah Khan, and Prince John of the United Kingdom.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, L. Frank Baum ranks 1,065 out of 20,380Before him are Alicia Keys (1981), Nellie Bly (1864), James Jones (1921), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Julian Schwinger (1918), and Peggy Guggenheim (1898). After him are Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Philip Zimbardo (1933), Jack Kemp (1935), Virginia Satir (1916), Minoru Yamasaki (1912), and Joel Schumacher (1939).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, L. Frank Baum ranks 105Before him are Thomas Wolfe (1900), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Thomas Pynchon (1937), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), Nellie Bly (1864), and James Jones (1921). After him are Virginia Satir (1916), Stephen Covey (1932), Donna Leon (1942), Will Durant (1885), Richard Matheson (1926), and William Styron (1925).