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Frank Joslyn Baum

Born: Dec 3, 1883

Death: Dec 2, 1958

Birthplace: Syracuse

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Frank Joslyn Baum

Date of Birth : Dec 3, 1883
Date of Death : Dec 2, 1958
Birth Place : Syracuse

Frank Joslyn Baum was a lawyer, soldier, writer, and film producer, and the first president of The International Wizard of Oz Club. He is best known as the author of To Please a Child and The Laughing Dragon of Oz. He was also involved in the production of Wizard of Oz, and The Wizard of Oz, for which he also received writing credit, after which he sold the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz film rights to Samuel Goldwyn. His attempt to trademark the Oz name distanced him from the rest of his family. In addition, To Please a Child has been suspect since before it was published, as most of his family refused to confirm any details about his father's life, leading Baum to fabricate these details.


  • Lawyer
  • Soldier
  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter

Also known as

  • Frank J. Baum
  • Col. Frank Baum
  • Frank Baum
  • L. Frank Baum Jr.
  • Bunny


  • L. Frank Baum
  • Maud Gage Baum


  • Margaret Elizabeth Ligon Turner
  • Rosine Agnes Shafer Brubeck
  • Helen Louise Snow
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