Lyman (long for "L.") Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – 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 Continuity Snarl the Oz books are. Before being utterly trapped by Oz, he wrote a number of other works, such as The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus.
Works by L. Frank Baum with their own trope pages include:
- Land of Oz series as a whole, with specific books with trope pages being:
- Queen Zixi of Ix
- The Master Key
Other works by L. Frank Baum provide examples of:
- Author Appeal: 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).
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: 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 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.
- Level Ate:
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He wrote the Oz books partly because he thought traditional Fairy Tales were too scary (and definitely had a point there).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.
- Public Domain Character: Santa Claus.
- Santa Claus: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a partial Trope Codifier for some of our modern Santa mythos.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Oz books in particular are loaded with them.
- Weird Weather: 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 Tannhauser." The land, rain, and snow all return in The Scarecrow of Oz.