Now I have explored the debut novel of L. Frank Baum, it’s time to go a little further through the wardrobe to unearth what he did post-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz…
Author: Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919)
Debut novel: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Age of author when debut published: 44
140 character review: A fast-paced adventure tale in the world of Oz, where witches control the four points of the compass and a wizard lives in an Emerald city. (Original review posted here – 3 stars).
Favourite quote from debut: “ ‘How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?’
‘I don’t know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.’ ”
Reception of debut: Baum’s first foray into the wonderful world of Oz was met with favourably with readers as well as critical acclaim. Described by the New York Times as “an extravaganza experience” Baum was quick to expand the Oz-ian franchise, writing a musical which hit Broadway only two years later and also writing a further 16 titles in the series. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is considered to be the first American fairy tale due to its overt references to American locations like Kansas and Omaha and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Judy Garland in 1939.
Other notable works:
The Marvellous Land of Oz (1904)
Queen Zixi of Ix (1905)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
The Emerald City of Oz (1910)