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Lyman (long for "L.") Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 May 6, 1919) was an American author, best known for ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''--a work so popular that, in fact, he was chained to the series and wrote Oz book after Oz book while longing to write ''anything'' else. Which helps explain what a ContinuitySnarl the Oz books are. Before being utterly trapped by Oz, he wrote a number of other works, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus''.

!!Works by L. Frank Baum with their own trope pages include:
* Literature/LandOfOz series as a whole, with specific books with trope pages being:
** ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''
** ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz''
** ''Literature/OzmaOfOz''

* ''Literature/QueenZixiOfIx''
* ''Literature/TheMasterKey''

!!Other works by L. Frank Baum provide examples of:
* AuthorAppeal: Magic (he had a strong interest in Theosophy), strong and sensible female characters in positions of power (his wife and mother in law were suffragettes and proto-feminists).
* CloudCuckooLand: A lot of his fictional countries, but especially Mo in ''The Magical Monarch of Mo''. For point of reference, this is a place where the treatment for sore throat is to remove a person's neck, turn it inside out, put it out to ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curing_(food_preservation) cure,]]'' turn it right-side-in again, and put the person's neck back. You can also get out of a deep pit by pushing the side so hard it flips the pit upside-down so you're at the top, not the bottom.
* LevelAte:
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: He wrote the Oz books partly because he thought traditional FairyTales were too scary (and definitely had a point there).[[note]]The other reason was that he felt American children needed a fantasy world distinct from and unconnected to classical European fairytales.[[/note]] But when your first book has a character who was enchanted to hack himself to pieces with an axe, becoming a {{Steampunk}} {{Cyborg}}; the second book has a protagonist forced to live her life as the wrong gender; and the third book has a vain princess and her hall of interchangeable heads, then you kinda missed the point about not loading your work with Nightmare Fuel.
* PublicDomainCharacter: SantaClaus.
** The ''[[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Oz]]'' books are now public domain as well, at least those published before 1923, which includes all of Baum's work. Certain aspects from later books and adaptations are still copyrighted, most famously the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz 1939 film's]] [[AdaptationDyeJob Ruby Slippers]] (they're silver in the original).
* SantaClaus: ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' is a partial TropeCodifier for some of our modern Santa mythos.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Oz books in particular are ''loaded'' with them.
* WeirdWeather: ''The Magical Monarch of Mo'' is about a {{Cloudcuckooland}} where it rains lemonade and snows popcorn, "and the lightning in the sky resembles the most beautiful fireworks; and the thunder is usually a chorus from the opera of ''[[Theatre/{{Tannhaeuser}} Tannhauser]]''." The land, rain, and snow all return in ''The Scarecrow of Oz''.