The real wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum
Born Lyman Frank Baum (no wonder he went by Frank) near Oneida, N.Y., in 1856, the author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the books that followed started out infatuated by the theater. He and his wife moved west to the Dakota Territory in the 1880s, where he failed to succeed at business; then they moved to Chicago, where his writing career began.
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Ozma of Oz
Like many writers today, Baum saw that the world he'd created could become a series. He swiftly published a number of Oz books, including "The Marvelous Land of Oz" (1904), "Ozma of Oz" (1907), "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" (1908), and "The Road to Oz" (1909).