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L. Frank Baum bibliography facts for kids

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This is a complete bibliography for American children's writer L. Frank Baum.



Main: List of Oz books

The Forest of Burzee

Trot and Cap'n Bill

Other Lands around Oz

Princess Truella on a stork - Project Gutenberg eText 16529
Princess Truella, a character from The Magical Monarch of Mo, illustrated by Frank Ver Beck


Non-Oz works

Poetry Collection


The Law Enforcement Alphabets=

  • The Army Alphabet (poetry, 1900)
  • The Navy Alphabet (poetry, 1900)


  • The Daring Twins: A Story for Young Folk (novel, 1911; reprinted in 2006 as The Secret of the Lost Fortune)
  • Phoebe Daring: A Story for Young Folk (novel, 1912; announced for reprint by Hungry Tiger Press as Unjustly Accused!)

Lost novels

  • Our Married Life (1912)
  • Johnson (1912)
  • The Mystery of Bonita (1914)
  • Molly Oodle (1915)

Short stories

This list omits those stories that appeared in Our Landlady, American Fairy Tales, Animal Fairy Tales, Little Wizard Stories of Oz, and Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz.

  • "They Played a New Hamlet" (April 28, 1895)
  • "A Cold Day on the Railroad" (May 26, 1895)
  • "Who Called 'Perry?'" (January 19, 1896)
  • "Yesterday at the Exhibition" (February 2, 1896)
  • "My Ruby Wedding Ring" (October 12, 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" (May 5, 1897)
  • "The Extravagance of Dan" (May 18, 1897)
  • "The Return of Dick Weemins" (July 1897)
  • "A Shadow Cast Before" (December 1897)
  • "John" (June 24, 1898)
  • "The Mating Day" (September 1898)
  • "Aunt Hulda's Good Time" (October 26, 1899)
  • "The Loveridge Burglary" (January 1900)
  • "The Bad Man" (February 1901)
  • "The Ryl of the Lilies" (April 21, 1901)
  • "The King Who Changed His Mind" (1901)
  • "The Runaway Shadows" (1901)
  • "(The Strange Adventures of) An Easter Egg" (March 29, 1902)
  • the first chapter of The Whatnexters, an unfinished novel with Isidore Witmark (1903, Unpublished and possibly lost)
  • "Chrome Yellow" (1904, Unpublished; held in The Baum Papers at Syracuse University)
  • "Mr. Rumple's Chill" (1904, Lost)
  • "Bess of the Movies" (1904, Lost)
  • "The Diamondback" (1904, First page missing)
  • "The Woggle-Bug Book: The Unique Adventures of the Woggle-Bug" (January 12, 1905)
  • "Jack Burgitt's Honor" (August 1, 1905)
  • "The Tiger's Eye: A Jungle Fairy Tale" (1905)
  • "The Witchcraft of Mary–Marie" (1908)
  • "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)

Under pseudonyms

As Edith Van Dyne:

Aunt Jane's Nieces

The Flying Girl

  • The Flying Girl (1911)
  • The Flying Girl and Her Chum (1912)

Mary Louise

The Boy Fortune Hunters as Floyd Akers

  • The Boy Fortune Hunters in Alaska (1908; originally published in 1906 as Sam Steele's Adventures on Land and Sea by "Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald")
  • The Boy Fortune Hunters in Panama (1908; originally published in 1907 as Sam Steele's Adventures in Panama by "Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald"; reprinted in 2008 as The Amazing Bubble Car)
  • The Boy Fortune Hunters in Egypt (1908; reprinted in 2008 as The Treasure of Karnak)
  • The Boy Fortune Hunters in China (1909; reprinted in 2006 as The Scream of the Sacred Ape)
  • The Boy Fortune Hunters in Yucatan (1910)
  • The Boy Fortune Hunters in the South Seas (1911)
As Schuyler Staunton:
  • The Fate of a Crown (1905)
  • Daughters of Destiny (1906)
As John Estes Cooke:
  • Tamawaca Folks: A Summer Comedy (1907)
As Suzanne Metcalf:
  • Annabel, A Novel for Young Folk (1906)
As Laura Bancroft:
  • The Twinkle Tales (1906; collected as Twinkle and Chubbins, though Chubbins is not in all the stories)
  • Policeman Bluejay (1907; also known as Babes in Birdland, it was published under Baum's name shortly before his death)
  • The Last Egyptian: A Romance of the Nile (1908)


  • Baum's Complete Stamp Dealer's Directory (1873)
  • The Book of the Hamburgs (poultry guide, 1886)
  • Our Landlady (newspaper stories, 1890–1891)
  • The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors (trade publication, 1900)
  • L. Frank Baum's Juvenile Speaker (or Baum's Own Book for Children), a collection of revised work (1910), later republished as The Snuggle Tales (1916–17) and Oz-Man Tales (1920)

Baum has been credited as the editor of In Other Lands Than Ours (1907), a collection of letters written by his wife Maud Gage Baum.

Plays and adaptations

Michael Patrick Hearn has identified 42 titles of stage plays associated with Baum, including those listed here and on the Oz books page, some probably redundant or reflective of alternate drafts, many for works that Baum may never have actually started. Listed below are those either known to have been performed (such as the lost plays of his youth) or that exist in at least fragmentary or treatment form.

  • The Mackrummins (lost play, 1882)
  • The Maid of Arran (play, 1882)
  • Matches (lost play, 1882)
  • Kilmourne, or O'Connor's Dream (lost? play, opened April 4, 1883)
  • The Queen of Killarney (lost? play, 1883)
  • The Songs of Father Goose: For the Kindergarten, the Nursery, and the Home (Father Goose set to music by Alberta Neiswanger Hall (later Burton), Chicago: George M. Hill, 1900)
  • "The Maid of Athens: A College Fantasy" (play treatment, 1903; with Emerson Hough)
  • "The King of Gee-Whiz" (play treatment, February 1905, with Emerson Hough)
  • Mortal for an Hour or The Fairy Prince or Prince Marvel (play, 1909)
  • The Pipes O' Pan (play, 1909, with George Scarborough; only the first act was ever completed)
  • King Bud of Noland, or The Magic Cloak (musical play, 1913; music by Louis F. Gottschalk, revised as the scenario to the film, The Magic Cloak of Oz)
  • Stagecraft, or, The Adventures of a Strictly Moral Man (musical play, 1914; music by Louis F. Gottschalk)
  • Prince Silverwings (long term project collaborating with Edith Ogden Harrison, based on her book; worked on as late as 1915; published in 1982)
  • The Uplift of Lucifer, or Raising Hell: An Allegorical Squazosh (musical play, music by Louis F. Gottschalk, 1915, published privately by Manuel Weltman's Wagon and Star Press, 1963)
  • Blackbird Cottages: The Uplifters' Minstrels (musical play, 1916; music by Byron Gay)
  • The Orpheus Road Show: A Paraphrastic Compendium of Mirth (musical play, 1917; music by Louis F. Gottschalk)

The Wizard of Oz on screen and back to stage

Early film treatments of Baum's book included 1910 and 1925, as well as Baum's own venture The Oz Film Manufacturing Company. Metro Goldwyn Mayer made the story into the now-classic movie The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale. It was only MGM's second feature-length film in three-strip Technicolor (the first being Sweethearts (1938), based on the Victor Herbert operetta). Among other changes, the film ended by treating the entire adventure as a dream. (Baum used this technique only in Mr. Woodchuck, and in that case the title character explicitly told the dreamer numerous times that she was dreaming.)

A completely new Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with an African-American cast, The Wiz, was staged in 1975 with Stephanie Mills as Dorothy. It was the basis for a 1978 film by the same title starring Diana Ross as an adult Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow.

The Wizard of Oz continues to inspire new versions, such as Disney's Return to Oz (1985), The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Tin Man (a re-imagining of the story televised in late 2007 on the Sci Fi Channel), and a variety of animated productions. Today's most successful Broadway show Wicked provides a history to the two Oz witches used in the classic MGM film. Gregory Maguire, author of the novel Wicked on which the musical is based, chose to honor L. Frank Baum by naming his main character Elphaba—a phonetic play on Baum's initials.

The film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) pays homage to MGM's film The Wizard of Oz (1939) and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.

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